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Efren Navarro is inspired to do well with Angels after father's death
Efren Navarro is inspired to do well with Angels after father's death

A winter of sorrow has given way to a spring of contentment for Efren Navarro, whose superb exhibition season in the wake of his father's death has positioned the first baseman/outfielder for a spot on the Angels bench. Efren Navarro Sr., who was diagnosed with leukemia six years ago, encouraged his son in November to return to Mexico to play winter ball so he could hone the corner outfield skills that would increase his versatility. Navarro was set to fly to Mexico on Dec. 1, but his father's condition worsened. Efren Sr., who spent 33 years replacing anchor spikes for Union Pacific Railroad, was hospitalized and began twice-weekly chemotherapy treatments. As beneficial as...

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