Rays' Cron goes against his former team -- Angels
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The Los Angeles Angels decided during the offseason that C.J. Cron was no longer in their plans, so they traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays in February for a player to be named later.

Cron didn't let the trade diminish his morale, and a full-time opportunity with the Rays has boosted his production.

Cron brings a .289 batting average, 10 home run, 26 RBIs and a nine-game hitting streak into the first game against his former team Thursday night at Angel Stadium.

Cron, a first-round pick of the Angels in 2011, has homered in each of the past two games to help Tampa Bay (19-22) sweep the Kansas City Royals and bring a three-game winning streak into their four-game series against the Angels (25-18). He also has reached base in a career-high 22 games.

"I'm glad he's getting hot at the right time to go into Anaheim," Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters after a 5-3 victory in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Cron hit 16 home runs each of the past three seasons for the Angels, but was unable to be a consistent presence in the lineup. The arrival of Japanese rookie Shohei Ohtani was expected to take a much bigger bite out of Cron's opportunities at designated hitter this season, and veterans Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena figured to anchor first base.

"Just being in the lineup is nice," Cron said. "I'm able to make the necessary adjustments that you have to at this level to be successful."

On Thursday, Cron will be up against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who has been the most consistent starter for the Angels this season.

Skaggs (3-2, 3.07 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts and seven of eight overall this season. He hasn't been supported by the offense or the bullpen in recent outings, however.

He gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees on April 29 and took the defeat in the 2-1 loss at home. Skaggs then held the Seattle Mariners to two runs over 5 1/3 innings before leaving with a 4-2 lead, but the Angels would blow three leads before losing 9-8 in 11 innings May 5.

Most recently, he allowed two runs over six innings Friday against the Minnesota Twins and again departed with a 4-2 lead, but the Twins scored three runs in the top of the ninth to win 5-4.

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