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Cleveland Indians defeat Angels, 10-7, in spring game

Angels pitchers issue eight walks in loss to Cleveland, but the offense is productive, with Brandon Wood getting two hits and Alberto Callaspo knocking an RBI triple.

March 19, 2011
  • Brandon Wood, left, shown celebrating a home run with Erick Aybar on Friday, continued his positive late spring on Saturday with two hits, a walk and two runs.
Brandon Wood, left, shown celebrating a home run with Erick Aybar on Friday,… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)


AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick responded to a 4-0 Angels deficit by lining a bases-loaded, full-count pitch to right field for a two-run single, an error allowing a third run to score. Bobby Abreu knocked in Kendrick with a single. Alberto Callaspo had an RBI triple in the seventh to answer a 7-4 deficit. Brandon Wood continued his positive late spring with two hits, a walk and two runs.

ON THE MOUND: Three of the four walks allowed by Scott Kazmir led to Cleveland runs on doubles by Chad Huffman and Austin Kearns. Reliever Jason Bulger gave up a three-run homer to Shelley Duncan in the seventh, breaking a 4-4 tie. Reliever Michael Kohn allowed an eighth-inning double that proved decisive. The Angels walked eight.

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EXTRA BASES: Peter Bourjos produced his second bunt single in as many days. He's practiced intensely with roving bunting coach Bobby Mitchell. "If you work on it, take it into the game," Bourjos said. "If not, it's a waste." On the heels of a sensational Thursday catch in center field that Scioscia said only someone like Willie Mays or Paul Blair could ever make, Bourjos added an understatement that could help define the Angels' season: "I try to use my speed to my advantage."

UP NEXT: Joel Piniero faces Colorado and right-hander Esmil Rogers at 1 p.m. Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

— Lance Pugmire

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