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Angels demote C.J. Cron to Triple-A

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Angels first baseman C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the Mets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep his spot on the major league roster as the club announced his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Infielder Nolan Fantana has been promoted from Salt Lake.

Cron, 27, was hitting a disappointing .232/.281/.305 with one home run and RBI in 90 plate appearances. I guess you can say that wasn’t the kind of Cron job the Angels were expecting. Cron was an above-average hitter in each of his first three seasons, finishing with an OPS+, or adjusted OPS, of 111, 106, and 115 (100 is average).

While Cron is figuring things out in the minors, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols could each see some time at first base.

Video: Chase Utley makes a tremendous diving play for the out

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Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley may be 38 years old, but he’s still spry. He showed off his defense on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins, robbing J.T. Riddle of a single with a dive and a quick throw to first base.

The Dodgers went on to defeat the Marlins 6-3, taking three of four out of the series. Utley finished 1-for-5 at the plate and is now hitting a meager .205/.302/.289 on the season in 96 plate appearances. Father Time may have already taken his bat, unfortunately.

Eric Gagne is ending his comeback attempt

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that reliever Eric Gagne is ending his attempt to make it back to the major leagues. Gagne will now focus on coaching.

Gagne, 41, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, but struggled. He gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Gagne briefly spent time in the independent Canadian-American Association in 2015-16 as well, but totaled only 9 1/3 innings.

During his prime, between 2002-04, Gagne was the best reliever in baseball, earning the Cy Young Award in 2003. He also set the major league record with 84 consecutive save chances converted.