Angels 7, Diamondbacks 2

March 6, 2011

The Los Angeles Angels gave former teammate Joe Saunders a rude welcome.

Jered Weaver was sharp, Bobby Abreu had a two-run double and the Angels hit Saunders hard in a 7-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

''It was a little weird coming into the visiting dugout,'' said Saunders, who made his debut with the Angels in 2005. ''I shot my wad and sort of hit a wall in the third (inning).''

Saunders gave up six hits and four runs in two-plus innings. Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells had RBI singles in a four-run third that included Abreu's double.


Weaver allowed three hits and a run in three innings. He gave up a double to Russell Branyan in the second. Brandon Allen drove him in one out later.

Weaver, 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA in 2010 and the Angels' expected opening day starter, made his second start this spring. In his previous start, he allowed one run and two hits over two innings March 1 vs. Cincinnati.

Weaver did not get to see Saunders, whose locker was next to his for the previous three springs.

''We've got like 90 guys in the dugout so it's a little tough to sneak a peek,'' Weaver said. ''My stuff is coming along. I was pushing the ball for a couple of innings. My off-speed pitch came around.''

Saunders has had a rough spring. He allowed two runs and three hits over two innings in his start March 1 and gave up four runs on four hits in 1 1-3 innings Feb. 25.

Last year, he went 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 starts with the Angels and 3-7 with a 4.25 in 13 games with Arizona after he was sent to the Diamondbacks in the multiplayer trade that landed Dan Haren with the Angels on July 25.

Wells made a diving backhanded grab of Melvin Mora's liner toward the left-field line in the second.

Peter Bourjos doubled and scored in the fifth.

Erick Aybar and Hunter had two hits apiece for the Angels. Wells and Alexia Amarista each drove in two runs.

Angels relievers Mark Bulger, Rich Thompson and Francisco Rodriguez, competing for spots in the Angels' bullpen, each worked a scoreless inning of relief.