Angel Villalona making strides in comeback season

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Wearing a big smile as he goes through pregame fielding drills at first base or waits his turn to take batting practice, Angel Villalona is enjoying the most basic aspects of being back on a baseball field.

Playing professionally again at last, he is delivering at the plate and with his glove, keeping his mouth shut and going about his business with a quiet professionalism — thankful for a second chance in the San Francisco Giants' organization at age 22 after four years away dealing with a dismissed murder charge that nearly derailed his career.

From the moment Villalona showed up at spring training five months ago, he vowed to return to his former successful self, and he hasn't wavered.

On Monday, he was promoted to Double-A Richmond.

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