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Angels club four home runs in 12-3 win over Padres

March 07, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, taking infield drills earlier this spring, has three home runs in six exhibition games.
Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, taking infield drills earlier this… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta and prospects Travis Witherspoon and Taylor Lindsey hit home runs on Thursday to lead the Angels to a 12-3 exhibition victory over the San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Kendrick lined a solo shot to left field off Freddy Garcia in the first inning and singled in the sixth. The second baseman is batting .556 (10 for18) with three homers in six games. He hit eight homers last season after hitting 18 in 2011.

“He’s seeing the ball well right now. It doesn’t take him long to get ready, I guess,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Kendrick. “The furthest thing from his mind is hitting home runs, but he does have some pop, and he showed it a couple of years ago.”

Iannetta followed Vernon Wells’ second-inning single with a two-run shot to left, his first of the exhibition season, Witherspoon highlighted a four-run seventh inning with a three-run shot to left, and Lindsey hit a three-run shot to center in the ninth.

C.J. Wilson gave up one run and six hits in three innings, striking out two and walking one. The left-hander gave up four hits, including Jesus Guzman’s solo homer, in the second but allowed only one run in the inning, ending the inning by getting Everth Cabrera to ground out with the bases loaded.

“He had good life on his pitches and threw some good breaking balls,” Scioscia said. “You don’t necessarily want to see him work so hard to get through an inning this early, but it’s good to see him pitch his way out of some things. He looked really sharp.”

Probable closer Ernesto Frieri, gaining more confidence in the cut fastball he has added this spring, gave up one hit in a scoreless fourth.

Left fielder Mike Trout lost Yonder Alonso’s routine fly in the sun in the second, the ball dropping for a double, but he followed that by making a nice running catch of Cameron Maybin’s sinking line drive toward the line.

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