Angels 6, Rangers 3

Angles manager Mike Scioscia is very excited about Ernesto

Frieri and the rest of his bullpen.

Frieri pitched a hitless inning in Los Angeles’ 6-3 victory over

the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

On getaway day for the Los Angeles Angels and with most of his

starting lineup already on the way to California, manager Mike

Scioscia gave several glowing reports of the status of his pitching

staff, and in particular, the bullpen after Wednesday’s 6-3 in over

Texas at Tempe, the Angels’ final Cactus League game.

”Ernesto looked the best he’s looked all season so that is a

good sign,” said Scioscia, who refused to name Frieri as his

opening day closer when pressed Wednesday even though Ryan Madson

is still coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Frieri finished with a 4-2 record and a 2.32 ERA with 23 saves

for the Angels in 2012. He struck out 80 in 54 1-3 innings.

Still, the Angels took a chance on former Philadelphia closer

Ryan Madson, who is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery

and has not pitched since the 2011 season, signing him over the


Scioscia said Madson threw an undisclosed amount of pitches

Wednesday at ”100 percent” and added that Angels pitching coach

Mike Butcher said that ”the ball was coming out of his hand


Madson complained of pain in his elbow again early in camp and

has been slowed considerably this spring. Scioscia said Wednesday

that Madson ”was not even close” to pitching in a game and has at

least two more weeks of bullpen work ahead of him.

Earlier Wednesday, the Angels claimed right-hander Mark Lowe

from the Los Angeles Dodgers off waivers.

Lowe, 29, was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. He

holds a career 3.94 ERA in seven seasons and had a 3.43 ERA with

Texas last season over 36 games.

”He’s got a big arm so we’ll see how it plays out,” Scioscia

said. ”If he throws to his capabilities, there’s no doubt he can

help us in our bullpen.

Scioscia said he would get a longer look at Lowe in the upcoming

Freeway Series.

Garrett Richards, who figures to open the season in the bullpen,

allowed three hits in 2 1-3 scoreless innings in his fifth

appearance and second start.

Jerome Williams took over for Richards and struck out six in 3

2-3 innings. He allowed two runs and six hits.

”Right now you see that Jerome and Garrett are stretched out,”

Scioscia said. ”I think we feel real good about our starting

pitching depth. Right now we’ll see where we go from here as we

head into the season.”

Lance Berkman doubled in a run and Adrian Beltre added an RBI

single in a two-run Texas third off Williams.

Texas lashed out 14 hits in the losing effort. Beltre, A.J.

Pierzynski and Leonys Martin had two hits apiece.

Left-hander Brad Mills, acquired from the Angels on a waiver

claim last Sunday, made his first appearance with the Rangers and

his second start overall and fourth spring appearance.

Mills worked four innings and allowed one run and four hits.

”He’s got good secondary stuff,” Rangers manager Ron

Washington said. ”He’s got to command that fastball a little


Kaleb Cowart doubled in two runs in a three-run Angels’ sixth

off Michael Kirkman.

NOTES: The Rangers announced INF Brandon Snyder has requested

and received his unconditional release from his minor league

contract. Snyder batted .277 with three homers and nine RBIs in 40

games with Texas and .253 with two homers and nine RBIs in 23 games

at Triple-A Round Rock in 2012. … The Angels traded RHP Steven

Geltz to the Tampa Bay Rays in for RHP Dane De La Rosa. Both were

in the minors last season. … The Angels acquired RHP Elvin

Ramirez from the New York Mets for cash considerations. In 20 big

league appearances last year, Ramirez had a 5.48 ERA and 22

strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings.