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Angels' bats starting to turn corner with RISP

Angels' bats starting to turn corner with RISP

KANSAS CITY -- The Angels are progressing towards the mean with regards to their success with runners in scoring position.

Over a four-game stretch heading into Sunday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium, the Angels were 19-for-42 with runners in scoring position, raising their season average from .246 (tied for 17th in the Majors) to .258 (11th).

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Albert Pujols -- a career .328 hitter with runners in scoring position who's batting .207 in that situation this year -- had 14 RBIs in his previous 13 games after tallying six in his prior 21. David Freese - a .279 career hitter with runners in scoring position and .196 this year -- was coming off a three-RBI game on Saturday.

And slowly but surely, the Angels' OPS with runners in scoring position (.733, ranked 12th in the Majors) is catching up to their overall OPS (.746, ranked fourth).

"We've talked a lot about early on not cashing in those opportunities," manager Mike Scioscia said. "This week, we're cashing them in and you can see how that's reflected in our record."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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