Angels 6, Indians 5 …
Howie Kendrick (becoming a regular on this blog) went 2-for-4, giving him a hit in all 15 of his starts and putting his Cactus League batting average at .511.
Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a hard lineout and played the entire game on the field, as did Vernon Wells.
Albert Pujols laced a standup double in four plate appearances.
Tommy Hanson exited for the start of the fourth with a right triceps injury. Afterwards, though, he said there’s “zero” concern and he could’ve kept pitching. The only legitimate concern would be that he didn’t get to 75 pitches and has only two spring starts left, but Mike Scioscia says he’ll be ready to start the season if he gets 75 and then 90.
Sean Burnett relieved Hanson and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning.
Best play (that I saw)
Kendrick ranged way to his right to make a nice backhand stab of a hard grounder and get the speedy Michael Bourn out at first with an off-balance throw to start the third inning.
Hanson, half-joking when asked about his velocity (again): “You guys love talking about velocity. It’s unbelievable. But yeah, I feel good with my command. That’s what I can control is my command and what the pitches look like coming out of my hand. I can’t control the velocity. I work hard in the weight room, I run, I do everything I possibly can do. So I’m not going to worry about that. But I can worry about my command and where those pitches are going in the strike zone. And as of right now, I feel great with that.”