Angels 9, Padres 2

Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos are having the kind of spring that

gives confidence to a manager whose team had trouble getting on

base last season.

So far, Mike Scioscia likes what he’s seen.

Trumbo homered and drove in four runs, Bourjos tripled and drove

in three, and the Los Angeles Angels sent Dan Haren into the

regular season on a positive note with a 9-2 victory over the San

Diego Padres on Sunday.

Trumbo, playing first base due to Kendrys Morales’ slow recovery

from a broken left leg that sidelined him for the final four months

of last season, leads the team this spring with six homers and 20

RBIs along with a .309 average. Bourjos is hitting .373 with 13

RBIs and two home runs.

”They’ve both been impressive,” Scioscia said. ”Mark is a guy

who’s steadily improved through his minor league career to put

himself in this position for an opportunity with us, and he’s

definitely putting his best foot forward. Peter cut some baby teeth

toward the end of last season and showed some flashes of offense,

and he’s followed it up with a terrific spring. Hopefully they’ll

carry it over into the regular season.”

Haren held San Diego to a run and three hits, struck out five

and walked one. The only run against the right-hander came on a

two-out single in the fifth by No. 9 hitter Everth Cabrera.

”As long as I’m not facing the Triple-A Cubs, I’ll be all

right. That was my only bad one all spring,” Haren said with a

laugh. ”I feel good and I’m ready to go pitch in a real game and

compete. Today the adrenaline got going, pitching in a real

stadium, and I was closer to my pregame routine. It’s hard to do

that in Tempe. My cutter is definitely coming around.”

Haren, the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation behind Jered Weaver,

finished his spring at 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA in five starts. He is

set to make his season debut next Friday night at Kansas City.

”Jered’s been here for a while, he’s the leader of the staff,

and he’s been an Angel all the way from the beginning of his

career. So he’s the one we’ll turn to,” said the three-time

All-Star, who began last season with Arizona before getting traded

to the Angels in late July. ”I mean, I’ve had a couple of opening

day starts and I liked them, but it’ll be fun to watch Jered out

there. After the first game, it’s pretty much all the same,


Padres lefty Clayton Richard gave up nine runs – seven earned –

and 11 hits over five innings. He finished spring training 1-3 with

an 8.47 ERA in four starts, and is scheduled to make his season

debut next Saturday at St. Louis.

”Unfortunately, things didn’t click quite the way we hoped they

would, but there were some things accomplished,” Richard said.

”My arm felt good and I was in the strike zone, for the most part.

But the command within the strike zone was not very good. There are

times that statistics reflect the performance – and to a certain

point, that was today.”

NOTES: The Padres got their other run in the sixth on Kyle

Phillips’ RBI double against LHP Hisanori Takahashi, the only run

he’s allowed this spring in 12 innings. … Haren, who pitched a

career-high 235 innings last season with the Angels and Arizona

Diamondbacks, and is the only active pitcher in the majors with six

straight season of at least 215. … Richard’s 201 2-3 innings last

year made him the first lefty to lead the team in that category

since Bruce Hurst in 1989 (244 2-3).