Angels 6, Rangers 5
With the teams’ aces pitching in other games, Albert Pujols teed
Pujols hit his fourth homer and Trevor Bell pitched into the
fifth inning in a bid to earn the Angels’ No. 5 starter role,
leading Los Angeles to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers
”That was a 2-iron,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Both managers chose to keep their aces from facing a division
rival. Instead, the Rangers’ Yu Darvish gave up four runs and six
hits in five innings in an intrasquad game. The Angels’ C.J.
Wilson, former Rangers ace, worked five innings and allowed six
hits and three runs – two earned – in a minor league game.
Randal Grichuk’s RBI single in the ninth lifted the Angels to a
win. Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer in the eighth to snap a 2-all
tie but the Rangers scored three in the top of the ninth.
Bell allowed three hits and two walks in 4 1-3 scoreless
innings, his first start and fourth appearance. He struck out
”He pitched inside well today,” Scioscia said. ”That’s what
he’s got to do to stay up here. He pitched with much better command
Bell is one of a handful of pitchers hoping to secure the fifth
spot in the Angels’ rotation. But he appears to be well behind
right-handers Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams in the race.
”I was pumped,” said Bell, who pitched in 19 games for the
Angels in 2011 and posted a 1-1 record with a 3.94 ERA. ”I wanted
to get out there and show what I could do.”
Texas had gone ahead with three runs in the top of the ninth,
coming on Greg Miclat’s double off Jason Isringhausen.
Jorge Cantu had given the Angels a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer
in the bottom of the
eighth. Texas’ Dusty Brown hit his second spring homer, a
homer off reliever Kevin Jepsen in the top of the eighth to tie
Mark Hamburger worked two innings and allowed two runs, one
earned, and gave up one hit.
NOTE: Scioscia said the two main combatants for the fifth
starting spot in the rotation would both pitch tomorrow, with
Williams pitching in a minor league game and Richards facing