Cactus roundup: Angels cut Hanson short

March 20, 2013


TEMPE, Ariz.
-- Tommy Hanson insisted he was OK and wanted to stay on the mound. The Los Angeles Angels took a different approach with their new starter.

Hanson was pulled because of tightness in his right triceps as he warmed up for the fourth inning in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.

"It's fine," Hanson said during the game. "I think they just wanted to take the safe route."

The right-hander allowed three hits and two runs with four strikeouts in his fourth spring start.

"This is the most comfortable I've felt all spring," he said. "I was kind of bummed to come out of the game. I wanted to get back in there."

Hanson went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA with Atlanta in 2012. He was acquired for reliever Jordan Walden and is one of three new starters in the Angels' revamped rotation.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hanson threw 45 pitches and was slated to go into the 70s. He added that Hanson has enough time to be ready to make his scheduled start during the regular season.

"He wanted to stay in and pitch," Scioscia said. "But (Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher) said it was the right time (to remove him)."

Hanson gave up two runs in the first after two were out. Cord Phelps singled, Nick Swisher walked and Michael Brantley hit a two-run double. Brantley went 3 for 3 to lift his spring average to .400.

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer allowed five hits and four runs in three innings of his rockiest appearance of six this spring.

"He showed some good velocity out there and some good changes," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "He's shown some inconsistencies, but that's understandable."

Bauer was acquired over the offseason in a trade with Arizona and is one of several candidates to stick with the big club as a late-rotation starter.

"I had a glimpse of feeling ready to go out there," Bauer said. "Hopefully, next time I'll feel ready to go all the time."

Bauer breezed through two innings but was hit hard in the third.

Chris Iannetta and Brendan Harris hit back-to-back doubles for a run. A walk to Mike Trout, a single by Howie Kendrick, an RBI grounder by Albert Pujols and a single from Josh Hamilton made it a four-run inning.

"I thought I did good," Bauer said. "I was working on my mechanics. I drifted into some bad habits for two innings."

Pujols narrowly missed a homer in the sixth, lining a double off the wall against David Huff. He scored on Mark Trumbo's single for a 6-5 lead.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit his fourth spring homer for the Indians.


-- Mike Moustakas went 3 for 3 and homered for the second consecutive day as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 Wednesday.

Moustakas homered in the fifth inning off reliever Matt Guerrier. Lorenzo Cain and Johnny Giavotella added solo home runs for Kansas City.

Royals right-hander Wade Davis, who skipped a start with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in four-plus innings. He gave up two hits, but walked four and threw just 36 strikes in 64 pitches.

Davis was lifted after a single and two walks in the fifth. Reliever Luis Coleman induced Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and struck out Mark Ellis.

Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, a Cuban defector who went 4 for 4 Tuesday, went 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly to raise his batting average to a Cactus League-leading .521.


-- San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong and Milwaukee's Chris Narveson each pitched six impressive innings Wednesday and the Giants and Brewers played a neat 0-0, 10-inning tie in a game between split squads.

Vogelsong, fresh off a stint with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. Narveson had his best outing of spring training, allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out four.

The teams' closers, San Francisco's Sergio Romo and Milwaukee's John Axford, both had scoreless innings. Romo gave up a hit, walked a man and struck out a batter. Axford gave up one hit.


-- Brandon Crawford had three hits and an RBI, leading a San Francisco Giants split squad to a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

The Padres hoped starter Andrew Cashner would get into the fourth inning with less that 40 pitches, but he didn't make it through the third -- he threw 31 pitches in the first. But Cashner only gave up one run on three hits. He struck out four in his second start of spring training.

Giants starter Chad Gaudin pitched three innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He had two strike outs.

Left fielder Gregor Blanco had two hits, including a perfectly placed bunt single. Padres catcher John Baker also had two hits.

The Giants other squad played a 0-0, 10-inning ties against Milwaukee.


-- Ryan Court hit a tiebreaking two-run single against Dylan Axelrod in the eighth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy gave up 10 hits but only two runs over six innings. McCarthy allowed a home run to Jordan Danks, who continued his torrid pace with two hits. After a horrendous start, Danks has 12 hits in his last 17 at-bats, although he remains a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.

Jeff Keppinger was 2 for 2 and is 14 for 28 this spring for the White Sox.

A.J. Pollock homered against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd leading off the second inning. Floyd allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings.