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Jaramillo: Byrd will be positive influence

Updated: January 13, 2010, 7:18 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Rudy Jaramillo helped turn Marlon Byrd into a solid hitter with the Texas Rangers. Now the Cubs are hoping Jaramillo can help Byrd maintain that production during his first season in Chicago.

Byrd, the Cubs' biggest free-agent move this offseason, batted .295 during his three seasons with Jaramillo as his hitting coach in Texas, and developed some power with 20 home runs and 95 runs batted in last season.

"We got him three years ago, and he was struggling," Jaramillo said ...

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