TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton hit his first home run in an Angels uniform, Peter Bourjos hit a three-run triple, and Jered Weaver was solid in his exhibition debut on Friday as the Angels notched their first Cactus League victory, a 16-8 victory over a Dodgers split-squad team in Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Hamilton, the former Texas Rangers slugger who signed a five-year, $125-million deal in December, crushed a Hyun-Jin Ryu slider over the wall in right-center field for a two-run homer in the first inning.
He also stroked an opposite-field single to left in the third inning and saw 16 pitches in two at-bats, a significant achievement for the notoriously aggressive outfielder who is working to improve his plate discipline.
“Josh saw some pitches but was aggressive enough to turn it loose when he liked a pitch,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He had two great at-bats.”