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C.J. Cron's brawn makes the difference for Angels in 2-1 win

C.J. Cron's brawn makes the difference for Angels in 2-1 win

Well before the July 31 trade deadline, Chicago White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija was one of the hottest names on the market. The struggling White Sox, many figured, would flip the talented arm and build for the future. Yet as the deadline approached, the White Sox went quiet. Samardzija, it turned out, would not be traded. Nor would any other significant piece. It was, Samardzija said, a message: that even with a sub-.500 record, even as the Kansas City Royals ran away with the division, the White Sox could still compete. "That we were going for it, that we're trying to get in the wild-card spot and," he said, gesturing toward the locker of ace Chris Sale,...

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