Trout homers in Angels’ 6-2 win over Dodgers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout homered in his second at-bat hours after finalizing a contract extension, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Dodgers 6-2 Saturday night in the final preseason game for both clubs.
Kole Calhoun hit a three-run shot as the Angels finished their exhibition schedule with a 19-11 record. The Dodgers went 7-12. The Southern California rivals play four consecutive games against each other from Aug. 4-7, the first two at Dodger Stadium.
Angels starter Tyler Skaggs threw 98 pitches over 3 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The 22-year-old left-hander was acquired from Arizona in a three-team trade with Chicago White Sox in which the Angels sent slugger Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.
”The fact that we’ve been winning games this spring isn’t the bottom line. I think it’s how we’re winning games and how we’ve held leads,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ”I think we’ve pitched great baseball in these 30-plus games.”
Trout received a six-year, $144.5 million deal, locking him up through the 2020 season.
”I love it here,” Trout said during the press conference announced the extension. ”I think it’s the best opportunity for me to be here, and over the next seven years, it’s going to be a big jump in my life. I’m relieved, man. I’m going to play loose, and it’s going to be fun.”
Former Angels right-hander Dan Haren pitched two innings, giving up six runs and six hits, including RBI doubles by Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first. The three-time All-Star is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday at San Diego.
Haren signed a $10 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 9 after spending last season with Washington.
”It’s the last time Danny’s going to throw in a game that doesn’t count, so I hope he’s sharper on Wednesday,” manager Don Mattingly said. ”I look at his last outing of the spring like I would anybody who goes 0 for 4 and doesn’t look good. I’m not really going to put a lot of credence in it. I’m glad it’s tonight and not Wednesday.”
Another ex-Angel, Chone Figgins, drove in both Dodgers runs with a double in the third inning.
”Figgy fits the bill for us,” Mattingly said. ”It seemed like he took a while, and I still think he’s in a mode of trying to get as many at-bats as he can get to get sharpened up a little bit after not playing last year. But I think he gives us what we want right now – a guy that can play all over the diamond, that knows how to play, can do a lot of different things for us and is going to be a good guy on the bench.”
The Dodgers played three exhibition games against the Angels after starting their regular-season schedule with a two-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in Australia. The defending NL West champions get back to the games that count on Sunday with Hyun-Jin Ryu starting against the Padres in place of ace Clayton Kershaw, who will be placed on the 15-day DL for the first time in his seven-year career on Sunday because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
”I’m not going to get into specifics,” Kershaw told reporters. ”I can’t pitch right now. It’s frustrating. I’ve been hurt before where I knew when I’d be able to pitch. I’m getting better right now, just not fast enough. You don’t feel like you’re a part of the team when you’re hurt. It’s not a good feeling.”
Angels ace Jered Weaver will take the ball for Monday night’s opener against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in Anaheim.
KNOOP MISSES HIS OLD BUDDY
Former Angels shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi, who died on Feb. 14 at age 71 after a series of strokes, played alongside Bobby Knoop in the 1960s. Knoop inducted Fregosi into the team’s hall of fame in 1989, and Knoop returned the favor last season.
Knoop said Fregosi’s death was ”very difficult.”
”But I understand what happens in life, and I celebrate the good things. I don’t dwell on the bad things,” said Knoop, now a special assignment infield coach with the Angels at age 75. ”I’m not so certain I miss the years, but I miss him.”
BAYLOR’S BACK UNDER THE HALO
The Angels’ first AL MVP is now their hitting coach. Don Baylor has returned to Anaheim and has inherited one of the most dangerous lineups in the majors with 2011 World Series MVP David Freese joining Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
”A lot has changed here, but it’s still the Angels,” Baylor said. ”It’s taken a while, a few other teams and things to get here, but this is the place for me to be. I’m not saying that I avoided it, but I always wanted to come back here, no doubt. Mike Scioscia and I worked together with Cystic Fibrosis for the past seven years and he values my opinion, so I’ll give it to him.”