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By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Haren looks sharp in third spring start
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Angels right-hander Dan Haren cleared a few more hurdles in his third Spring Training start on Sunday -- he got into the 60-pitch range, began challenging hitters with inside fastballs and battled the elements.Haren gave up one run on two hits in five innings against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, but rain forced a stoppage of play with a 1-1 tie in the middle of the sixth. "Just another step in the process toward getting ready for the season," said Haren, who walked none and struck out five while mixing in some curveballs. "I got up to 60 pitches, and I've still got three times left, and have felt better and better every time, so that's a good thing." Prior to the fifth, when he gave up a run on back-to-back hits, Haren looked nearly unhittable, having given up just one hit and one walk with 13 strikeouts through his first nine Cactus League frames. Adam Kennedy's double to lead off the bottom of the fifth broke up a string of 21 straight batters retired by the 31-year-old right-hander. Most important to manager Mike Scioscia, though, was Haren being able to get all his innings in before the showers became too intense. "Dan needed his work," Scioscia said. "He pitched both sides of the plate with his fastball, which is what he wanted to do. [He] got some good fastballs in to righties, and for him to go five innings is big at this point in spring. He's on track."
Kendrys, Trout working way back to lineup
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Soggy weather wiped out all scheduled Minor League games on Sunday, meaning fans couldn't watch the young Mike Trout and the ever-recovering Kendrys Morales play on the back fields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex.
For Morales, it didn't matter. Sunday was his day off. The plan now is for him to play in one more Minor League game on Monday, then start serving as the designated hitter in actual Cactus League games -- which he never played in last spring -- the following day.
Trout was slated to take part, but instead worked out on his own. The 20-year-old phenom got his first taste of Minor League action this spring on Saturday, but he has yet to appear in a Major League game because of a pesky virus that caused him to shed 10 pounds.
His biggest obstacle now, though, may be shoulder tendinitis, which will relegate him to DH duties and keep him away from throwing for at least a week.
"He's been running, [Saturday] he got Minor League at-bats, so it's going to take him a little bit to get his shoulder where it needs to be," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But it shouldn't impact his start of the season, wherever that may be."
Morales, who has missed the past 1 1/2 seasons with a broken left ankle, got a couple of hits on Friday but was replaced by a pinch-runner each time he reached base. The biggest test came Saturday, when Morales singled, stayed in the game, then scored all the way from first base on a triple.
"Scoring the run was good, because it was to tie the game, but the decision was even better because I didn't slow down or anything," Morales said in Spanish. "I kept running at the same speed and nothing bothered me."
Morales continues to stress that his legs feel good and he isn't experiencing any next-day swelling.
As for his production at the plate?
"It's about getting the timing of pitches," Morales said. "That will come. I feel a little disoriented right now, but it's normal."
Right-hander Eric Hurley, a first-round Draft pick by the Rangers in 2004 who has battled injuries the last few years, joined shortstop Jean Segura in being sent to Minor League camp on Sunday.Hurley, who had been mentioned a candidate for the fifth spot, posted a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 Cactus League innings. "He's got to go down there, he's got to start, he's got to get more innings to get his stuff where he needs to be," said manager Mike Scioscia, whose camp is down to 41 players. "He's still in our depth chart, but right now, we're not going to have the innings here to get him where he needs to be." The transitioning Mark Trumbo made a solid play at third base on Sunday, fielding a hard-hit one-hopper by the Dodgers' Juan Uribe to his left before throwing a short-hop to first base, which Albert Pujols was able to scoop for the out. Pujols came into Sunday's game leading all of baseball in slugging percentage (1.045) this spring. The first baseman singled and flew out in the shortened game at Camelback Ranch. Of his 11 hits this spring, seven have gone for extra bases (four doubles, three homers).
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.