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“The game up here moves a lot faster than it does in the minor leagues,” Richards said. “You’ve got to pitch your game. I learned a lot last year, and I just feel like this season I’m a lot more prepared.”

The Angels also reinstated outfielder Torii Hunter from the restricted list Tuesday, putting him back in the lineup against the Yankees. Hunter, batting .256 with five homers and 15 RBIs this season, missed Los Angeles’ past 15 games while returning home to Texas to deal with his teenage son’s arrest in a sexual assault investigation.

Los Angeles optioned infielder Andrew Romine back to Salt Lake to open a spot for Hunter.

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