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L.A. Angels (0-1)200000000260

Cubs 11, Angels 2

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jerome Williams knows his place on the Los Angeles Angels' pitching staff. His job is to be ready for any role necessary.

Making his first spring training start since 2007, Williams allowed a home run to Luis Valbuena but little else Saturday as an Angels split squad was beaten 11-2 by the Chicago Cubs.

"I got the first homer out of the way," Williams said. "It was a curve. (Valbuena) had to go down to get it and he did."

Williams is familiar with his status, somewhere in between that of a reliever and a starter. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said both Williams and right-hander Garrett Richards, among others in the same situation, would be stretched out as starters this spring.

"Every year I'm going to have to fight for a roster spot," Williams said. "The number one key is to help the team in any way possible."

Williams yielded one run and two hits over two innings, with a walk and a strikeout. Cubs starter Travis Wood also went two innings, giving up two runs and one hit.

One of several pitchers competing for a spot at the back end of Chicago's rotation, Wood allowed a leadoff walk to Peter Bourjos in the first. Bourjos came around to score on Erick Aybar's triple.

"I hate leadoff walks," said Wood, who was 6-13 with a 4.27 ERA in 26 starts for the Cubs last season. "It's nice to get that first one out of the way. ... Everybody's competing for the same spot. It's going to be fun throughout the rest of camp."

Brett Jackson tripled twice for the Cubs, and Valbuena got off to a great start in his bid to win more playing time.

Valbuena, one of three players in the running for the team's starting third base position, homered to the opposite field off Williams in the second inning. Valbuena also went deep in an intrasquad game Friday.

Valbuena hit .219 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 265 at-bats for the Cubs last season. He's currently the only one of the three third base candidates who is active, because Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters are out of action for at least two weeks with strained quads.

Cubs backup infielder Brent Lillibridge had a two-out RBI single in a five-run third inning. Junior Lake added a homer in the ninth off Steven Geltz.

Williams went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 32 games (15 starts) for the Angels in 2012. He opened the season as the team's fifth starter but was later moved to the bullpen.

Scioscia was satisfied with Williams' outing Saturday.

"His stuff looked good," Scioscia said. "The pitches they got to him, he missed a couple of locations and they hit it."

Hank Conger, fighting for the Angels' backup catcher spot, drove in a run with a groundout and added a line-drive single.

NOTES: Stewart has a moderate left quadriceps strain and is expected to miss two weeks. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he would expect Stewart back "in two weeks at the earliest, but realistically three weeks." Sveum said the same about Vitters but added that both should be back in time to compete for the third base job. "There are a lot of games left," Sveum said. "They'll get enough at-bats." ... Sveum sided with his counterpart, Scioscia, who expressed disappointment that he had to open Cactus League play with a split-squad game. "It makes it difficult," Sveum said. "It is tough to manage that." Because there are 15 teams each in Arizona and Florida, MLB requires at least one split-squad game per day so that all teams can play, with weekends taking precedent.

 
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Los Angeles

E. Aybar
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

B. Jackson
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Logan Watkins, 2B3110010 .333
    Alberto Gonzalez, 2B2000022 .000
Dave Sappelt, CF3000011 .000
    Matt Szczur, CF2000012 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2010111 .500
    Brad Nelson, 1B20220001.000
Scott Hairston, RF3111022 .333
    Brian Bogusevic, RF2000012 .000
Luis Valbuena, 3B12111001.000
   a- Junior Lake, PH-3B3111021 .333
Welington Castillo, C3111000 .333
    Steve Clevenger, C1100100 .000
Brett Jackson, LF21220001.000
   b- Jorge Soler, PH-LF3111010 .333
Brent Lillibridge, SS2011000 .500
    Javier Baez, SS3110000 .333
Darnell McDonald, DH2000012 .000
   c- J.C. Boscan, PH-DH2111010 .500
Totals41111411314  
a-struck out for Valbuena in the 5th
b-struck out for Jackson in the 5th
c-struck out for McDonald in the 6th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo (1, Brasier), Jorge Soler (1, Coello)
3B - Logan Watkins (1, Maronde), Brad Nelson (1, Coello), Brett Jackson 2 (2, Williams, Graham)
HR - Luis Valbuena (1, Williams), Junior Lake (1, Geltz)
RBI - Brad Nelson 2 (2), Scott Hairston (1), Luis Valbuena (1), Junior Lake (1), Welington Castillo (1), Brett Jackson 2 (2), Jorge Soler (1), Brent Lillibridge (1), J.C. Boscan (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Nelson 2 (2), Scott Hairston (1), Welington Castillo (1), Brett Jackson 2 (2), Brent Lillibridge (1)
SB - Brent Lillibridge (1, 2nd base off Graham/Conger)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Watkins-Lillibridge, Baez-Gonzalez-Nelson
E - Welington Castillo (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,1-0) 2122120 9.00
Trey McNutt (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Hisanori Takahashi (H,1) 2200000 0.00
Rafael Dolis (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Hector Rondon (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Zach Putnam (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Jaye Chapman 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 15-11, Trey McNutt 4-4, Hisanori Takahashi 6-6, Rafael Dolis 4-4, Hector Rondon 4-4, Zach Putnam 5-5, Jaye Chapman 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-1, Trey McNutt 1-2, Hisanori Takahashi 2-2, Rafael Dolis 1-2, Hector Rondon 2-1, Zach Putnam 1-1, Jaye Chapman 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 8, Trey McNutt 4, Hisanori Takahashi 6, Rafael Dolis 4, Hector Rondon 4, Zach Putnam 3, Jaye Chapman 3
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peter Bourjos, CF11101001.000
    Taylor Lindsey, 2B2000010 .000
Erick Aybar, SS2111001 .500
    Kaleb Cowart, 3B2010000 .500
Mark Trumbo, 1B2000002 .000
    Randal Grichuk, RF2000001 .000
Hank Conger, C2011000 .500
    Jett Bandy, C2000001 .000
Bill Hall, 3B2000000 .000
    Travis Witherspoon, CF2000000 .000
Scott Cousins, RF2000011 .000
    Eric Stamets, SS1000000 .000
Trent Oeltjen, LF2010010 .500
    Matt Long, LF10100001.000
Luis Rodriguez, 2B2000001 .000
    Roberto Lopez, 1B1000001 .000
Luke Carlin, DH3000000 .000
Totals3126213  
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (1, Wood)
3B - Matt Long (1, Rondon)
RBI - Erick Aybar (1), Hank Conger (1)
Team LOB - 3
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams 2211111 4.50
Nick Maronde (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2233120 40.50
Caleb Graham 0.1322010 54.00
Ryan Brasier 1100020 0.00
Michael Kohn 1000020 0.00
Fernando Cabrera 1000020 0.00
David Carpenter 1100020 0.00
Robert Coello 1444120 36.00
Steven Geltz 1111001 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 15-11, Nick Maronde 12-8, Caleb Graham 7-6, Ryan Brasier 8-8, Michael Kohn 7-7, Fernando Cabrera 7-7, David Carpenter 8-8, Robert Coello 15-11, Steven Geltz 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 3-2, David Carpenter 1-0, Steven Geltz 1-2
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 9, Nick Maronde 5, Caleb Graham 4, Ryan Brasier 4, Michael Kohn 3, Fernando Cabrera 3, David Carpenter 4, Robert Coello 8, Steven Geltz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6235
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - John Tumpane