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Eric Hinske Hired By Angels As New Hitting Coach

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The Los Angeles Angels officially announced yesterday the hiring of Eric Hinske to take over as the hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen.

Hinske, 40, has served as the first-base coach for the Chicago Cubs the last four seasons, and assistant hitting coach the last three.

The former 12-year Major League veteran played from 2002-13 for seven different teams. Hinske won the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year award for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .279 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs.

Hinske was traded by Toronto to the Boston Red Sox in August 2006, and won a World Series ring with them in 2007. He went on to play with the Tampa Bay Rays (2008), Pittsburgh Pirates (2009), New York Yankees (2009), Atlanta Braves (2010-12), and Arizona Diamondbacks (2013).

The Angels hope Hinske will improve a 2017 offense that finished 27th in the majors in slugging percentage (.397) and 28th in batting average (.243).

Overall in 1,387 career games, Hinske hit .249/.332/.430 with 240 doubles, 137 homers, and 522 RBIs.

In addition to his 2007 World Series ring, Hinske won another in 2009 for the Yankees and as a coach for the Cubs in 2016.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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