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Little backup for aging Angels outfield

Cast of light-hitting minor leaguers is a small safety net for Hunter, Abreu and Rivera

Updated: February 3, 2010, 1:29 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If baseballs were made of foam, games were played indoors on mattresses and teams padded their outfield fences with feather pillows, the Angels might stand a better shot of winning in 2010.

But conditions are a bit rougher than those, so the Angels will be holding their breath at times when they send an aging cast of veteran outfielders onto the field. The safety net below Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu and Juan Rivera is virtually nonexistent.

Hideki Matsui hasn't played in the outfield ...

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