Los Angeles Angels promote Dave Hansen to hitting coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dave Hansen is the Los Angeles Angels’ new hitting coach, and Paul Sorrento is his assistant.

The Angels announced the promotions Tuesday night.

Hansen replaces Don Baylor after serving as Baylor’s assistant for the past two seasons. Hansen filled in for the injured Baylor during the first half of 2014, when Los Angeles led the majors in runs.

The Angels cut ties with Baylor and pitching coach Mike Butcher after missing the playoffs last month.

Hansen was the Seattle Mariners’ hitting coach in 2013. The Southern California native and former Dodgers player also was the Dodgers’ hitting coach from 2011-12.

Sorrento was the Angels’ minor league hitting coordinator for the past three seasons.

The Angels hired Charlie Nagy as their new pitching coach on Monday.

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