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Hideki Matsui taking defensive drills

Updated: March 2, 2010, 4:59 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Hideki Matsui didn't play an inning in the outfield with the New York Yankees last year because of knee problems. But he's made it clear that he wants to break out his glove with the Los Angeles Angels, rather than spend all of his time at designated hitter.

The Angels are receptive to the idea, and the early results have been encouraging. Matsui has taken part in some of the less challenging outfield drills early in spring training in Tempe, Ariz. But the Angels have refrained from setting ...

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