PHOENIX — The Angels absorbed another Cactus League beating Monday, their 13-5 exhibition loss to the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix Municipal Stadium dropping their spring record to 1-8-2, but several front-line players had productive afternoons.
Vernon Wells, a reserve outfielder who hopes to push Peter Bourjos for playing time, hit his second home run of the spring, a three-run shot to left-center field off All-Star reliever Ryan Cook in the fifth inning.
“He’s having good at-bats and seeing the ball well,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wells. “Some of the pitches we saw him miss last year, he’s squaring up right now, and that’s encouraging.”
Leadoff batter Mike Trout had a double, two singles, scored two runs and stole a base, and left-hander Jason Vargas, making his Angels spring debut after last December’s trade from Seattle, threw two hitless innings, striking out one and walking one.