Angels 16, Dodgers (SS) 8 …
Jered Weaver was about an hour removed from his first spring training start and his right shoulder was twitching. It wasn’t any sort of nerves or health condition, though. Weaver was testing out a new shock therapy machine called “H-Wave,” which massages the muscles, is supposed to knock out inflammation and could remove the need to ice your shoulder postgame.
Weaver was still getting used to it.
“I’m the guinea pic on this new little contraption,” Weaver said, “so we’re going to give it a shot and see how that works.”
Some more notes from a game that included the Angels’ (1-5-2) first win of the spring and the most star-studded lineup they’ve trotted out …
Josh Hamilton hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run homer to right-center field, and followed up with a single to left field, beating the shift.
Weaver gave up just one run on two hits in two innings, striking out two batters in first inning and going through the order 1-2-3 in the second with three flyouts. Most importantly, as he said, the Angels’ ace came out of it healthy.
Peter Bourjos hit a three-run, bases-loaded triple in the right-center field, capping a seven-run third inning. Heading into that at-bat, he had struck out four straight times, then hit a first-pitch pop-out to the catcher.
Luis Rodriguez, competing for the Angels’ reserve infield spot, went 3-for-3.
Kevin Jepsen was roughed up in his first spring outing, giving up a couple of runs on a couple of doubles in the left-center field.
Fernando Cabrera probably won’t win one of those vacant spots in the Angels’ bullpen. He gave up four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings and Jwill leave for the World Baseball Classic this weekend.
Best play (that I saw)
Luis Jimenez ranged to his right to field a hard short-hop, stepped on the bag and fired to first base to complete the double play. He also went 2-for-2 with a couple of RBIs.
Weaver, on Dodgers Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig: “He’s a big kid, man. It felt like Frank Thomas in the box.”