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Angels lose to Chicago Cubs in spring game, 7-4

Game is rained out in the fourth inning, but Manager Mike Scioscia pulls most starters by the third as a precaution. Mark Trumbo returns after missing four games with groin injury and singles.

March 21, 2011|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels reliever Rich Thompson stands on the mound in the rain during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday.
Angels reliever Rich Thompson stands on the mound in the rain during a spring… (Jake Roth / US Presswire )

Chicago Cubs 7, Angels 4 (rained out in fourth inning)

AT THE PLATE: Manager Mike Scioscia, not wanting to risk injuries on a soggy field, pulled every starter except Hank Conger by the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run single in the first. Mark Trumbo returned after missing four games because of right groin tightness and singled in his only at-bat.

ON THE MOUND: Reliever Francisco Rodriguez started and gave up a walk, a single and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in the first. Kevin Jepsen allowed two unearned runs in the second, and Rich Thompson, battling for a bullpen spot, escaped a two-on, no-outs jam in the third.

EXTRA BASES: The game was called in the top of the fourth after Cubs catcher Geovany Soto's routine fly ball to center field dropped for a two-run double. Angels minor leaguer Andrew Hyde, battling heavy rains and swirling winds, lost the ball in a darkened sky.

UP NEXT: Tyler Chatwood, one of the Angels' top pitching prospects, faces the Kansas City Royals and left-hander Jeff Francis at Surprise Stadium at 6 p.m.

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