Angels 6, Indians 5 …
Another day, another Angels starter with a scoreless spring debut. This time it was Dan Haren, who joined Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson by throwing two shutout innings. Sparked mainly by Alexi Amarista and Bobby Wilson, the Angels scored two in the first, three in the fourth and one in the fifth. In the last three frames, Ariel Pena (two innings) and Ryan Brasier preserved a one-run game.
Haren looked good, giving up no hits, walking just one batter and striking out three while throwing only fastballs and cutters. He’ll work his splitter and curveball in later.
Lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi looked sharp in his spring debut, working two perfect innings and striking out two. With lefty Scott Downs higher on the depth chart, look for Takahashi to be more than a one-inning guy this year.
Wilson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double.
Amarista had two hits, including a triple.
Bobby Abreu went 0-for-3 and is 0-for-4 with a walk so far this spring. #SmallSampleSize
Bullpen hopeful Rich Thompson surrendered a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Daily Albert Pujols update: 0-for-2 with a walk, bringing his Cactus League batting average to .429 through three games.
Scioscia, on whether it means anything that his front three starters have thrown two scoreless innings: “It means something when they’re making pitches like they were, and I think that’s what’s exciting. Sometimes these games are making pitches. You can never tell in Arizona what balls are going to find holes and sun and things like that, but Dan Haren had the ball down all day.”
Best play (that I saw)
Young shortstop Jean Segura made another nifty play, picking a ball to his right-hand side in the outfield grass and getting the out at first base.