Angels 9, Diamondbacks 8

Bobby Wilson made a pretty strong case in his competition to be

the Angels starting catcher.

Wilson went 5 for 5 and hit a tying double in the bottom of the

ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Arizona

Diamondbacks 9-8 Friday.

”(Wilson) defensively was terrific,” Angels manager Mike

Scioscia said. ”Those five hits didn’t hurt him either.”

Hitting in a lineup with most of the Angels’ likely starters,

Wilson couldn’t have made a better case to beat out Jeff Mathis and

Hank Conger.

Wilson also worked in the offseason, dropping 30 pounds.

”You can tell – he bounces around a lot better,” Angels ace

Jered Weaver said. ”He’s come a long way and he puts a lot of

thought into it. He’s going to be big for us this year and he

showed it today.”

Conger wasn’t completely outshined – he hit the winning RBI

single off Brian Sweeney with one out.

Mark Trumbo had three hits, including a three-run homer, and

four RBIs.

Weaver allowed four hits and three runs, two earned, with six

strikeouts over four innings in his third Cactus League start.

”The off-speed stuff is coming along,” Weaver said. ”It’s

another step in the right direction.”

Arizona minor-leaguer Wade Miley pitched in place of Joe

Saunders, who was scratched because he was ill.

Wiley allowed eight hits and five earned runs in three


Trumbo’s fourth homer of the spring came off Miley. Vernon Wells

added an RBI single in a two-run Angels’ fourth to extend the lead

to 7-3.

Arizona rallied for four runs in the eighth, two coming in on

Wily Mo Pena’s long homer to center. Pena’s homer was his third of

the spring.

Notes: Scioscia had Maicer Izturis leading off with Bobby Abreu

hitting second. Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Howie Kendrick hit

3-4-5 with Erick Aybar sixth, Mark Trumbo 7th and Wilson and Peter

Bourjos the bottom two. … Scioscia was hoping clean-up hitter

Kendrys Morales would be able to start the season at first base.

Morales has still not seen any spring action and is recovering from

leg surgery last May. Scioscia said Morales has been running at

full speed on practice fields and could be ready by ”the latter

part of next week,” which would leave Morales about 13 or 14

Cactus League games to play in. … Expected Angels closer Fernando

Rodney worked one perfect inning of relief Friday, with a

strikeout. … Arizona’s Brandon Allen had three hits.