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Angels GM hopes for 'spark'

Updated: May 17, 2012, 8:26 AM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are hoping to begin a greater offensive era after hiring new hitting coach Jim Eppard to replace the fired Mickey Hatcher.

General manager Jerry Dipoto made the decision to fire Hatcher after Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. Dipoto said before Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox that the team's poor early-season performance was the primary reason Hatcher was axed midway through his 13th season with the Angels.

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