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Spring training: Angels 16, Dodgers 8

Josh Hamilton hits his first homer for the Angels, and Luis Cruz has three hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers.

March 01, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Josh Hamilton hit his first home run of spring training off of the Hyun-Jin Ryu during the Angels' 16-8 blow out of the Dodgers who fielded a split squad team on Friday.
Josh Hamilton hit his first home run of spring training off of the Hyun-Jin… (Rich Pilling / Getty Images )

Angels 16, Dodgers 8 (split squad)

AT THE PLATE: Josh Hamilton hit his first homer in an Angels uniform, crushing a Hyun-Jin Ryu slider for a two-run shot to right-center in the first, and singled in the third, seeing 16 pitches in two at-bats. Peter Bourjos capped a seven-run third with a three-run triple. Angels utility infield candidates Luis Rodriguez, Luis Jimenez and Andrew Romine combined for seven hits. Luis Cruz had three hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers.

ON THE MOUND: Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen had a rocky spring debut, allowing two runs and three hits in the third. Ryu, the South Korean left-hander, looked sharp at times, fooling Bourjos badly with a third-strike changeup and whiffing Chris Iannetta in the first. But he hung the slider to Hamilton and gave up three straight singles in the second.

EXTRA BASES: The best defensive plays of the game were made by Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, who made a diving backhand stop of Skip Schumaker's grounder to start a double play in the third, and Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers right fielder, who threw out Luis Rodriguez at third base in the second.

UP NEXT: Angels (C.J. Wilson) vs. Brewers (Hiram Burgos) at Maryvale Park, noon PST Saturday. On the air: TV: None. Radio: 830.

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