TEMPE, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Ryan Langerhans each hit home runs, and Torii Hunter had a double, two singles and scored twice to lead the Angels to a 9-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday in Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Bobby Abreu, who entered with an .087 average (4 for 46) and was reportedly on the verge of being traded to Cleveland on Thursday night, responded to an off-day tutorial with hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and triple-A hitting coach Jim Eppard with two singles and two runs batted in in three at-bats to improve to .122.
“He had a great session with Mickey,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s trying to use the middle of the field, like he did in his first two at-bats, and he saw the ball well. Hopefully, this was a step forward for Bobby.”
C.J. Wilson continued his superb spring with a solid 6 1/3-inning effort, allowing two runs and five hits, striking out seven -- six in the first three innings -- walking one and surpassing the 90-pitch mark.