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Mark Trumbo Readies For Shift To Third Base

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Trumbo was a lone bright spot for the Angels Saturday.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Trumbo was a lone bright spot for the Angels Saturday. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Trumbo did everything the Los Angeles Angels asked in 2011 — he led the team in home runs and RBIs, played a solid first base and did his best to keep them in playoff contention.

Now, the Angels want something else from Trumbo after he finished second in the rookie of the year voting. They’d like him to shift across the diamond to third base.

The Angels signed star free agent Albert Pujols to play first base. They’re also anticipating the return of first baseman Kendrys Morales, who didn’t play in the majors last year after breaking his left ankle during a home-plate celebration in 2010.

Trumbo has spent some time in the outfield for the Angels, but has not played third base in the big leagues.

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