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Happy Independence Day, Kendrick owners

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Yup, he's back. It's winnin' time. The Angels have recalled First Ballot Howie from Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .346/.414/.526 with four steals in 20 games. Here's the roster fallout via the OC Register:

Infielder Sean Rodriguez(notes) was optioned back to Salt Lake following Friday’s game to make room for Kendrick. ... Kendrick’s at-bats could come at the expense of shortstop Erick Aybar(notes). Scioscia indicated that he will be inclined to keep Maicer Izturis(notes) in the lineup as much as possible even with Kendrick back.

This is truly the best Independence Day since '29. Be safe, everyone.

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