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CLEVELAND (AP) — The struggling Los Angeles Angels released slumping outfielder Bobby Abreu on Friday night.

The 38-year-old two-time All-Star had been relegated to part-time duty and was batting .208 in 24 at-bats for the last-place Angels (6-14).

Abreu is in the last season of a $27 million, three-year contract and is due $9 million this year.

With the signing of Albert Pujols to play first base, the return of Kendrys Morales from a leg injury and a glut of outfielders, Abreu was pushed into a back-up role for his 17th major league season.

He is a lifetime .293 hitter with 2,389 hits, 557 doubles, 284 home runs, 1,330 RBI and 393 stolen bases. He has played for Houston, Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Angels.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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