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Arizona (2-2)3003001007132
L.A. Angels (0-4) «0013010207110

Diamondbacks 7, Angels 7

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton wants to turn over a new leaf with his new team. The free-swinging slugger is planning to practice better plate discipline in his first spring with the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton then swung at the first pitch he faced in an Angels uniform Tuesday, grounding out to short in Los Angeles' 7-7, nine-inning tie with an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad.

The $125 million slugger went 0 for 3 in his Los Angeles debut. He also ran out of unbroken bats in the process, forcing him to use teammate Mark Trumbo's lumber in the fifth inning for his second flyout.

Although he's still trying to remember to take a few pitches, the longtime Texas star was pleased to get back on the field after moving from the Rangers to their longtime AL West rivals in the offseason. He'll only get used to the new uniforms and teammates with time, and he's grateful to get the clock started.

"You get those first little jitters when you're walking up to the plate, but it was a fun day," Hamilton said. "It's a little awkward at first. You've been going against a team for five years, and the first day is a little awkward. But the guys are the guys after a while. It's tough to find a clubhouse where you don't fit in."

After Hamilton promised hitting coach Jim Eppard he would try not to swing at everything in the strike zone this season, Hamilton hacked away at his first pitch of the spring from Eddie Bonine.

Hamilton finally took the first pitch of his second at-bat, getting a laugh from his teammates when he stepped out and pointedly looked over at Eppard in the dugout, before hitting a harmless fly into center off Zeke Spruill on the second pitch.

"Everybody knows I like to swing," Hamilton said. "I'm trying to work on it a little bit, but if it's around the strike zone, I usually like to swing."

Hamilton had no challenges in right field while playing five innings at Diablo Stadium. He had no chance to play Gerardo Parra's two-run homer over his head in the first inning.

Parra drove in three runs while warming up for his stint with Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. Rod Barajas added a fourth-inning solo shot for the Diamondbacks, joining Parra and Willie Bloomquist among four Diamondbacks with multihit games.

"Parra tried to get (Bloomquist) over, but he ended up hitting it out of here," Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell said. "It was a good day. Was a good game. We're out here just trying to get our work in, that's all it really is."

The Angels fielded a lineup consisting of every likely regular except Mike Trout, who debuted Monday, and Albert Pujols, who won't play until mid-March while returning from offseason knee surgery. But Los Angeles isn't using its top five starting pitchers in its first week of games in the extra-long spring training necessary for the WBC.

Hamilton hopes to play frequently in March as he works on integrating himself into the cleanup spot in the Angels' lineup. Eppard and the rest of Los Angeles' coaches aren't going to try to change too much about the man who hit 100 homers and drove in 322 runs over the past three seasons in Texas.

"When he gets a pitch in the zone, he usually puts a good swing on it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's just getting his timing down. When he gets pitches in the zone, he hits them hard."

NOTES: Pujols will start running the bases soon in his steady progress back from surgery. He's already taking batting practice and running on a treadmill. ... Bill Hall and Brandon Harris had two hits apiece for the Angels. ... Los Angeles starter A.J. Schugel yielded three runs and five hits in two innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

B. Hall
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4121000 .400
    Chris Owings, SS1000002 .000
Gerardo Parra, CF2223100 .250
    Brent Clevlen, RF1000000 .000
A.J. Pollock, DH4110001 .200
Eric Hinske, 1B4011001 .500
    Evan Frey, PR-CF1000000 .000
Matt Davidson, 3B3000101 .200
    Brandon Drury, 3B0000000 .000
Brad Snyder, RF4011012 .286
    Taylor Harbin, 2B0000000 .000
Rod Barajas, C3121001 .833
    Rossmel Perez, C1010000 .500
Alfredo Marte, LF4120022 .333
    Ollie Linton, PR-LF0000000 .000
John McDonald, 2B3110010 .333
    Kila Ka'aihue, 1B1000012 .200
Totals36713725  
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (2, Schugel), Rod Barajas (3, Schugel)
HR - Gerardo Parra (1, Schugel), Rod Barajas (1, Brasier)
SF - Gerardo Parra (1)
SH - A.J. Pollock (1)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (1), Gerardo Parra 3 (3), Eric Hinske (3), Brad Snyder (1), Rod Barajas (2)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Snyder (1)
SB - A.J. Pollock (1, 2nd base off Schugel/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Harbin-Owings-Ka'aihue
E - Willie Bloomquist (1, Throwing), Chris Owings (1, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Holmberg 1000010 0.00
Eddie Bonine (H,1) 2211120 4.50
Zeke Spruill (H,1) 2431000 4.50
Evan Marshall (H,1) 1111310 18.00
Garrett Mock (H,2) 1000020 9.00
Bo Schultz (BS,1) 1222200 9.00
Raymond Hernandez 1200020 0.00
WP - Zeke Spruill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - David Holmberg 5-5, Eddie Bonine 16-12, Zeke Spruill 12-11, Evan Marshall 18-6, Garrett Mock 7-7, Bo Schultz 12-4, Raymond Hernandez 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Holmberg 1-1, Eddie Bonine 2-2, Zeke Spruill 3-4, Evan Marshall 2-0, Bo Schultz 2-0
Batters Faced - David Holmberg 3, Eddie Bonine 9, Zeke Spruill 11, Evan Marshall 7, Garrett Mock 3, Bo Schultz 6, Raymond Hernandez 5
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peter Bourjos, CF3010011 .600
    Luis Jimenez, 3B0000200 .125
Erick Aybar, SS3011000 .286
    Efren Navarro, 1B1001101 .286
Howard Kendrick, 2B3010002 .333
    J.B. Shuck, LF2000004 .000
Josh Hamilton, RF3000001 .000
    Alex Yarbrough, 2B2000000 .000
Mark Trumbo, 1B3110011 .286
    Zach Wright, C2000020 .000
Vernon Wells, LF1001000 .333
    Brendan Harris, SS3120010 .571
    Randal Grichuk, PR0000000 .200
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2110010 .500
    Matt Young, CF2110100 .750
Chris Iannetta, C1200100 .200
    Scott Cousins, RF2110112 .143
Bill Hall, DH4024013 .375
    Travis Witherspoon, PR-DH0000000 .250
Totals37711768  
Batting
2B - Bill Hall 2 (3, Spruill, Schultz)
3B - Mark Trumbo (1, Spruill)
SF - Vernon Wells (1)
RBI - Erick Aybar (2), Efren Navarro (1), Vernon Wells (1), Bill Hall 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar (1), Efren Navarro (1), Bill Hall 2 (2)
SB - Scott Cousins (1, 2nd base off Marshall/Perez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Peter Bourjos 1
DP - Bourjos-Kendrick-Aybar, Harris-Yarbrough
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Schugel 2533111 13.50
David Carpenter 1000000 0.00
Ryan Brasier 1433001 13.50
Fernando Cabrera 1000100 0.00
Robert Coello 1000020 18.00
Austin Wood 1211010 9.00
Daniel Tillman 1200010 0.00
Steven Geltz 1000000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Schugel 21-14, David Carpenter 3-3, Ryan Brasier 8-6, Fernando Cabrera 7-3, Robert Coello 7-7, Austin Wood 7-7, Daniel Tillman 6-6, Steven Geltz 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Schugel 1-4, David Carpenter 1-2, Ryan Brasier 1-1, Austin Wood 2-0, Steven Geltz 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Schugel 12, David Carpenter 3, Ryan Brasier 6, Fernando Cabrera 4, Robert Coello 3, Austin Wood 5, Daniel Tillman 4, Steven Geltz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 3094
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Seth Buckminster