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Santiago throws 4 shutout innings, Cubs top Angels

By JIM RICHARDS
Associated Press
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TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) Los Angeles Angels lefty Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a split-squad game.

In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five. He hasn't permitted an earned run in 6 2-3 innings this spring.

''That was the highlight,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''That's four strong innings.''

Santiago was 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA for the White Sox last year.

Cubs prospect Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth. Luis Valbuena doubled and scored in the seventh.

Chicago starter James McDonald worked two scoreless innings.

Angels slugging prospect C.J. Cron, who hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth on Thursday, delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

''C.J.'s looking very comfortable,'' Scioscia said. ''The growth he's shown the last year and a half has been noticeable.''

STARTING TIME

Angels: Santiago said he tried a new approach after he was unimpressed with his pregame bullpen warmup session.

''Today we worked away, away then got them off the plate and then attacked,'' he said.

Valbuena was the only Cubs projected starter in the lineup, but it made no difference to Santiago.

''I don't think about who's up there,'' said Santiago, who said he threw six or seven screwballs. ''I just blacken them out and attack the zone.''

Santiago is competing with Joe Blanton for one of two open sports in the bullpen. On Friday in a split-squad game against Colorado, Blanton gave up seven earned runs and four homers in 3 1-3 innings. He's coming off a 2-14 season with a 6.04 ERA in 2013.

Cubs: McDonald was significantly better than his debut, when he allowed six runs in one inning of relief against the Angels, including a grand slam to Mike Trout.

A former prospect with the Dodgers, he went 2-2 with a 5.76 in six starts with Pittsburgh in 2013. He spent time with four different Pirates minor league affiliates last year while struggling with a strained right shoulder.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Angels got good news on right-hander Dane De La Rosa, who left Thursday's game with tightness in his right forearm. X- rays showed that De La Rosa, 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 75 games with the Angels in 2013, had no damage and just a strain.

Scioscia said he would ''play it by ear'' on how De La Rosa would be used throughout spring. He is expected to be ready by opening day and De La Rosa told reporters that it ''wouldn't be long'' before he'll be back in regular action.

De La Rosa walked five and allowed a grand slam to Scott Van Slyke against the Dodgers.

BEAR DOWN

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher took batting practice with the Angels and shagged fly balls prior to Friday's game. He said he was impressed with Trout, who he called ''a little brick'' and said he had no doubt he could play football.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Valaika
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

K. Calhoun
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
Chris Coghlan , LF3000101.083.154.083
Luis Valbuena , 3B3110020.182.182.364
Junior Lake , LF3010011.100.182.100
Mike Olt , DH4000023.200.200.500
Chris Valaika , SS4122000.231.231.308
Casper Wells , LF3000021.100.100.100
Josh Vitters , LF3000030.286.444.286
John Baker , C3000010.333.333.444
Christian Villanueva , 3B3010000.222.300.333
Logan Watkins , 2B1000000.143.143.143
Albert Almora , CF1110000.571.571.714
Jorge Soler , RF1011000.167.286.500
Dustin Geiger , 1B1000001.000.000.000
Totals333731117  
BATTING
2B - L Valbuena (2); C Valaika (1); C Villanueva (1)
3B - J Soler (1)
RBI - C Valaika 2 (2); J Soler (1)
BASERUNNING
SB - J Lake (1)
CS - C Coghlan (1)
Chicago Cubs
James McDonald 2.010000018.00
Dallas Beeler 2.03112004.50
Casey Coleman 1.01000000.00
Tsuyoshi Wada 2.03001300.00
Brian Schlitter (W,1-0) 1.02110004.50
Jonathan Sanchez (S,1) 1.000011012.27
Los Angeles Angels
Kole Calhoun , RF4110101.222.364.222
Mike Trout , CF3010010.429.467.786
Albert Pujols , 1B3000002.077.200.077
Raul Ibanez , LF3011001.231.286.462
a-Shawn O'Malley , PH-LF1110000.333.500.333
David Freese , 3B1010200.091.286.091
Howie Kendrick , 2B3020001.462.500.462
J.B. Shuck , LF2000003.235.263.353
b-C.J. Cron , PH-1B2011003.667.5711.000
Hank Conger , C2010000.091.091.091
Erick Aybar , SS1000100.182.438.182
John McDonald , SS2010001.375.444.375
Luis Jimenez , 3B2000021.200.200.200
Taylor Lindsey , 2B2000013.000.000.000
Luis Martinez , C2000003.000.000.000
Ranyelmy Mendoza , CF0000000.000.000.000
Carlos Pena , PH-1B1000001.167.286.250
Totals3421024420  
a-Bunted safely for R Ibanez in the 8th.
b-Flied out for J Shuck in the 6th.
BATTING
RBI - R Ibanez (3); C Cron (5)
S - R Mendoza (1)
BASERUNNING
CS - H Conger (1); E Aybar (1)
Los Angeles Angels
Hector Santiago 4.01000500.00
Michael Kohn 1.00000200.00
Buddy Boshers 1.00001000.00
Matt Shoemaker 2.03110402.25
Josh Wall (L,0-1) 1.032200012.00