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Cubs 7, Angels 6

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - David DeJesus is locked in and ready for the regular season.

The Chicago Cubs center fielder extended his hitting streak to 11 games in a 7-6 victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad on Saturday.

DeJesus is 17 for 34 (.500) during his hitting string. He had two hits, including an RBI single in a four-run seventh inning that erased Chicago's three-run deficit.

"I'm seeing the ball as well as I ever have right now," DeJesus said. "I know the regular season is close and you'd like all these hits to count, but I'm not going to rush it. The more pitches I see, the better I feel. I'm going to keep building on this momentum and turn it into a successful start to the season."

The Cubs could use one from their leadoff hitter. DeJesus hit .263 with a .350 on-base percentage and 50 RBIs in 2012, his first season in Chicago.

DeJesus thinks he might have found the key to improved hitting, and it comes with improved focus.

"I'm paying close attention to the inner half of the ball, and I'm drawing my keys off of that," he said. "People have mentioned it to me before, but this spring it just clicked. I'm seeing the ball well and I'm finding open spots. That's all you can ask for."

Angels starter Joe Blanton allowed two runs in six-plus innings. He had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter in another solid spring outing, although he clearly tired in the seventh.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson had his worst pitching performance of the spring, allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings. However, he also went 2 for 2 with a pair of singles - his first hits of the spring - and an RBI. It wasn't enough to make up for his troubles on the mound.

Jackson started with two perfect innings, but gave up runs in his final three. Jackson hadn't given up five runs in four previous starts combined, two of which went five innings or beyond.

Los Angeles catcher Chris Ianetta, the only regular in the Angels' lineup, went 1 for 3 with a run scored.

NOTES: Chicago RHP Scott Baker was to be examined by a team doctor on Saturday night after deeming himself pain free following elbow problems this spring. Baker, attempting to return from elbow ligament replacement surgery, was shut down after one spring start. He's expected to begin the season on the disabled list and continue his rehab in Arizona once the season starts. ... OF Brett Jackson (shoulder) was able to throw and hit off a tee in morning workouts. ... Angels INF Brendan Harris was was hit in the head by Cubs P Carlos Marmol, but injury was prevented by his helmet's ear flap. He was removed from the game but was otherwise OK.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

B. Harris
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

S. Hairston
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, CF5031000 .350
Luis Rodriguez, 2B4000002 .282
    Matt Young, LF1010000 .500
Kole Calhoun, RF3011010 .216
   a- Kaleb Cowart, PH-3B2000011 .250
Chris Iannetta, C3110011 .400
    Chris Snyder, C1000101 .190
Brendan Harris, 3B-2B3220000 .283
    Sherman Johnson, PR-2B0000000 .000
Scott Cousins, LF-RF4112002 .200
    Roberto Lopez, 1B0000000 .000
Efren Navarro, 1B4121001 .214
    Andy Workman, PR-RF0000000 .000
Andrew Romine, SS3000103 .256
Joe Blanton, P2110011 .500
    Nick Maronde, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Yarbrough, PH1000002 .333
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals36612524  
a-struck out for Calhoun in the 7th
b-grounded out for Maronde in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (4, Jackson), Brendan Harris (3, Jackson), Scott Cousins (1, Jackson), Efren Navarro (2, Takahashi)
SH - Joe Blanton (1)
RBI - J.B. Shuck (9), Kole Calhoun (10), Scott Cousins 2 (4), Efren Navarro (3)
2-OUT RBI - J.B. Shuck (5), Kole Calhoun (4)
SB - Scott Cousins (2, 2nd base off Marmol/Clevenger)
PK - J.B. Shuck (1, Dolis)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Young 1
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton 6722050 3.46
Nick Maronde (BS,3) 1444101 11.17
Ernesto Frieri (L,1-1) 1111100 7.36
WP - Ernesto Frieri (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 35-35, Nick Maronde 11-7, Ernesto Frieri 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-7, Nick Maronde 1-1, Ernesto Frieri 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, Nick Maronde 7, Ernesto Frieri 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF5121002 .386
Starlin Castro, SS3010012 .448
    Alberto Gonzalez, SS1012000 .281
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010011 .265
Scott Hairston, LF4211002 .174
Nate Schierholtz, RF4011011 .294
Dioner Navarro, C3000001 .289
    Steve Clevenger, C1010000 .378
    Shawon Dunston, PR0100000 .000
    Rafael Dolis, P0000000 .000
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000012 .220
Darwin Barney, 2B2110010 .218
    Brent Lillibridge, 2B2110001 .484
Edwin Jackson, P2021000 .286
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Dave Sappelt, PH0100100 .182
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b- Welington Castillo, PH-C0000100 .189
Totals35712625  
a-walked for Takahashi in the 7th
b-walked for Marmol in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alberto Gonzalez (4, Maronde), Nate Schierholtz (4, Blanton), Steve Clevenger (3, Frieri), Darwin Barney (3, Blanton)
3B - Brent Lillibridge (2, Maronde)
HR - Scott Hairston (3, Maronde)
RBI - David DeJesus (2), Alberto Gonzalez 2 (5), Scott Hairston (4), Nate Schierholtz (8), Edwin Jackson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston (3), Edwin Jackson (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 1
PB - Steve Clevenger (2)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 5855020 4.05
Hisanori Takahashi 2200020 3.29
Carlos Marmol (BS,1; W,1-0) 1010200 1.86
Rafael Dolis (S,1) 1200000 4.76
HBP - Harris (by Carlos Marmol)
WP - Edwin Jackson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 28-27, Hisanori Takahashi 11-11, Carlos Marmol 13-3, Rafael Dolis 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-6, Hisanori Takahashi 2-1, Carlos Marmol 3-0, Rafael Dolis 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Hisanori Takahashi 7, Carlos Marmol 6, Rafael Dolis 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13012
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Cory Blaser