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Workhorse Iannetta back in the Angels lineup

Workhorse Iannetta back in the Angels lineup

Workhorse Iannetta back in the Angels lineup
ARLINGTON -- Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, removed in the seventh inning of Thursday's loss to the Mariners due to leg cramps, was back in the starting lineup for the opener of a weekend series against the Rangers on Friday.

Iannetta hasn't had much of a break behind the plate lately, starting 23 of the Angels' 25 games this month. But he's been productive, batting .308 since Aug. 22 while also playing some solid defense.

And for the productive ones, this is no time to rest.

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"When Chris has been healthy, even in Colorado, he's caught seven, eight days in a row no problem," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We have some built-in off-days in our schedule in September, which help alleviate a little bit of the workload. But he's a guy that we definitely feel is going to give us a presence back there that we need right now, most importantly behind the plate but also on the offensive side. He's been holding up well."

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