Napoli, Morales slug for Angels vs. A's
Designated hitter hits home run; first baseman goes 3-for-3
ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 1
at Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, March 15
Angels at the plate: Mike Napoli crunched his first homer of the spring, a drive to left-center on a 3-0 pitch from Russ Springer. Kendry Morales cracked a double and a pair of singles, raising his Cactus League average to .412.
Athletics at the plate: In his spring debut, leading off and playing third, Nomar Garciaparra lined the third pitch he saw to right-center for a single. Orlando Cabrera, playing his first game in the field at shortstop, followed with a full-count, line-drive single to left. Garciaparra scored on Ryan Sweeney's RBI single, and Cabrera scored on Mark Ellis' sacrifice fly. Garciaparra made it 2-for-2 when he lashed a first-pitch double to left in the second inning and finished 2-for-3. Jack Cust hit a solo homer, his second long ball of the spring, in the fifth inning. Daric Barton delivered an RBI double, then drove in two runs with a ninth-inning single.Angels on the mound: Jered Weaver yielded six hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three hitters and walking none. He was on a limited pitch count in his second start of the spring after lasting two-thirds of an inning in his debut. Justin Speier worked two innings, one perfect, one marred by Cust's solo homer. Speier allowed two hits and a walk, getting one strikeout. Will Smith, in his debut, worked a perfect sixth inning, striking out one man. Trevor Bell also pitched a perfect inning of relief. Athletics on the mound: Southpaw Brett Anderson was efficient and effective, getting 11 of 12 outs on ground balls while yielding three singles in four scoreless innings. Chris Schroder struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the sixth inning, after Springer yielded a solo homer while notching one strikeout in the fifth. Cactus League records: Angels 12-4; Athletics 10-6. Up next: The Angels travel to Scottsdale on Monday to engage the Giants at 1:05 p.m. PT. Nick Adenhart (1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two appearances) is scheduled to face Tim Lincecum in a duel of young guns, though the Giants' ace has been under the weather with the flu and might miss his start. Shane Loux, biddng for a spot in the rotation along with Adenhart, also is scheduled to pitch, along with Jose Arredondo and Jason Bulger. Loux hasn't yielded an earned run in seven Cactus League innings.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.