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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers and Angels both were 80-82 last season, the first time the Southern California rivals finished with identical records since the Angels opened for business in 1961.

    And both have much to atone for once things start for real Thursday.

    Top prospect Mike Trout hit a tying RBI single in the ninth and Hank Conger delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, helping the Angels beat the Dodgers 5-4 Monday night in the opener of the preseason Freeway Series and saddling Don Mattingly with a loss in his first game at Dodger Stadium as a big league manager.

    Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, looking for his first save this spring, was charged with a pair of unearned runs in the loss.

    Matt Trumbo started the winning rally with a one-out single and Alexei Amarista followed with a potential game-ending double-play grounder toward the middle that went under DeJesus' glove, putting runners at the corners. Mike Trout followed with a hit-and-run single that drove in Trumbo, and Conger flied out to center after a walk to Andrew Romine, scoring Amarista.

    "These kids might be a little nervous out there, but in the last inning it was good to see them do the things they can do," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There was a great at-bat by Mike Trout, Alexei Amarista made some things happen, and they kept playing baseball."

    Hisanori Takahashi got the win with an inning of two-hit relief and Ryan Brasier got the final two outs for the save. The left-hander has allowed just one earned run this spring in 13 innings.

    "I like the fact that he has the confidence to throw any pitch in any count," Conger said. "That's what makes him so effective."

    Andre Ethier drove in the Dodgers' first run with a first-inning double off Ervin Santana. Ethier is in the final season of a two-year, $15.25 million contract that will pay him 9.25 million this season. And the way he's talking, the Dodgers might have a difficult time re-signing him next winter because of the uncertainty of the team's payroll and subsequent ownership in the wake of owner Frank McCourt's divorce from wife Jamie.

    "This is my sixth one, and who knows? It might be my last one here with the Dodgers. You never know. A lot of signs are pointing that way, so we'll have to see," Ethier said. "Six years for a Dodger is a long time, in the era that we're living in. So I'm going to cherish every moment I can, enjoy the season and try to make it my best one."

    Santana threw 52 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his sixth and final spring start, allowing two runs and three hits with five strikeouts. He finished his exhibition duties 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA, and will make his season debut is Saturday at Kansas City.

    Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly threw 80 pitches, allowing two runs, four hits and five walks over four innings in his final spring tuneup for his regular-season debut on Saturday against the World Series champion Giants. He struck out four and finished his spring slate 1-1 with a 6.19 ERA in four starts.

    Dodgers reserve outfielder Jay Gibbons will be seeing his fourth eye specialist Tuesday in an attempt to correct some blurred vision, which has limited him to 16 at-bats and four hits this spring.

    Last December, about a month after the club re-signed him to a one-year contract for the major league minimum of $400,000 and a cost-of-living adjustment, Gibbons underwent PRK surgery on his left eye. He was told it was safer than Lasik surgery, which he had about seven years ago.

    "I'm growing less optimistic by the minute," said Gibbons, who will be fitted for new contact lenses that won't keep popping out and moving around. "I'm better than 20-20 in each eye. The problem is that they're not working together, which is throwing me off - balance-wise and depth-wise. So that's what we're dealing with. It was an overcorrection from my surgery in December. So I'm nearsighted on one eye and farsighted in the other. So essentially, my vision's gotten worse after the surgery."

    Notes: Nothing is official yet, but Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley reportedly is close to signing a three-year, $30 million contract extension. He signed a one-year, $6.275-million contract in January, avoiding arbitration.

     
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    Los Angeles Angels
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Maicer Izturis, 2B2111200 .309
        Jean Segura, PR-SS1000000 .286
    Howard Kendrick, 1B1001301 .355
        Angel Castillo, PR-RF1000000 .304
    Bobby Abreu, LF4010006 .320
        Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
        Jason Bulger, P0000000 .000
        Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
       a- Chris Pettit, PH-LF1000000 .245
    Torii Hunter, RF3011010 .286
       b- Mark Trumbo, PH-1B2110013 .314
    Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000002 .350
        Alexi Amarista, 2B2100000 .296
    Erick Aybar, SS2000112 .310
        Mike Trout, CF2021000 .250
    Peter Bourjos, CF1210200 .385
        Tyson Auer, LF1000001 .182
       c- Andrew Romine, PH0000100 .154
        Matt Meyer, P0000000 .000
        Ryan Brasier, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Wilson, C2000013 .311
       d- Hank Conger, PH-C2011011 .231
    Ervin Santana, P2000021 .000
       e- Brandon Wood, PH-3B3000024 .242
    Totals3558599  
    a-flied out for Takahashi in the 9th
    b-struck out for Hunter in the 6th
    c-walked for Auer in the 9th
    d-singled for Wilson in the 6th
    e-struck out for Santana in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Torii Hunter (4, Lilly)
    SF - Hank Conger (1)
    RBI - Maicer Izturis (7), Howard Kendrick (13), Torii Hunter (5), Mike Trout (1), Hank Conger (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Maicer Izturis (1)
    SB - Mike Trout (1, 2nd base off Broxton/Gimenez), Peter Bourjos (6, 3rd base off Lilly/Barajas), Tyson Auer (4, 3rd base off Guerrier/Barajas)
    Team LOB - 13
    Fielding
    DP - Segura-Trumbo, Wood-Amarista-Trumbo
    E - Peter Bourjos (1, Misplayed grounder), Angel Castillo (1, Dropped fly), Bobby Wilson (2, Throwing)
    Los Angeles Angels
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ervin Santana 5321250 2.42
    Fernando Rodney (BS,1) 1322010 5.40
    Jason Bulger 1000020 6.10
    Hisanori Takahashi (W,2-0) 1200000 0.69
    Matt Meyer (H,3) 0.1000010 0.00
    Ryan Brasier (S,3) 0.2000100 6.75
    HBP - Paul (by Jason Bulger), Thames (by Jason Bulger)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 70-53, Fernando Rodney 16-13, Jason Bulger 18-11, Hisanori Takahashi 15-10, Matt Meyer 6-5, Ryan Brasier 13-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-7, Fernando Rodney 2-0, Hisanori Takahashi 2-0, Ryan Brasier 1-1
    Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 20, Fernando Rodney 6, Jason Bulger 5, Hisanori Takahashi 4, Matt Meyer 1, Ryan Brasier 3
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rafael Furcal, SS2210100 .231
        Ivan DeJesus Jr., 2B2000011 .309
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF3010001 .286
        Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
        Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
       a- Marcus Thames, PH0000000 .282
        Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
        Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
       b- A.J. Ellis, PH0000100 .156
        Justin Sellers, PR0000000 .250
    Andre Ethier, RF3011011 .258
        Gabe Kapler, RF2000013 .256
    Matt Kemp, CF3110022 .297
        Trent Oeltjen, CF1000002 .346
    James Loney, 1B3000013 .268
        Jerry Sands, 1B1010000 .310
    Juan Uribe, 3B3011010 .318
        Aaron Miles, PR-3B1100001 .340
    Rod Barajas, C3011000 .239
        Hector Gimenez, C1010000 .295
    Jamey Carroll, 2B2000111 .212
        Dee Strange-Gordon, SS1000001 .182
    Ted Lilly, P1000001 .000
        Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
       c- Xavier Paul, PH-LF2000010 .245
    Totals3448339  
    a-hit by pitch for Guerrier in the 7th
    b-walked for Broxton in the 9th
    c-grounded out for MacDougal in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Andre Ethier (4, Santana), Matt Kemp (5, Rodney), Juan Uribe (6, Rodney), Hector Gimenez (4, Takahashi)
    RBI - Andre Ethier (8), Juan Uribe (12), Rod Barajas (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (5), Rod Barajas (1)
    SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (7, 2nd base off Santana/Wilson), Xavier Paul (1, 2nd base off Bulger/Conger)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    E - Rod Barajas (2, Throwing), Ivan DeJesus Jr. (3, Misplayed grounder)
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ted Lilly 4422540 6.19
    Mike MacDougal 1000010 0.00
    Kenley Jansen 0.2111310 2.79
    Matt Guerrier 1.1100020 6.00
    Hong-Chih Kuo (H,3) 1000000 1.29
    Jonathan Broxton (BS,2; L,1-2) 1220110 4.32
    WP - Ted Lilly (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 80-43, Mike MacDougal 8-8, Kenley Jansen 32-17, Matt Guerrier 14-12, Hong-Chih Kuo 10-8, Jonathan Broxton 21-15
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 2-6, Mike MacDougal 1-1, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-2
    Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 21, Mike MacDougal 3, Kenley Jansen 6, Matt Guerrier 5, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Jonathan Broxton 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 19415
    Game Time - 3:24
    Temperature - 58
    Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Derryl Cousins