C.J. Cron hits his way back into the Angels’ plans


Searching for some offense, the Angels have called first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron back up from Triple-A after demoting him earlier this month.

Cron hit well at Triple-A, batting .323 with six homers and a 1.014 OPS in 23 games, but the poor plate discipline that previously hurt him with the Angels continued to be an issue. He drew just four walks in 98 trips to the plate after walking 12 times in 367 plate appearances for the Angels.

Cron has plenty of power and has posted some big numbers in the minors, but designated hitters who walk once every two weeks generally don’t turn into impact players.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.