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In Morales' absence, Matsui picks it up

Veteran's bat is as hot as it has been, and it couldn't come at a better time for Angels

Updated: June 5, 2010, 4:47 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SEATTLE -- Almost a week ago, when things were looking dark and hopeless in the wake of Kendry Morales' freak injury, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talked about a handful of veteran players whose performances had been "woefully" below their career norms.

When some of those players started to look like approximations of their former selves, Scioscia figured, this team would finally have a chance to gain a little traction.

He probably didn't expect it to happen this quickly. ...

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