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Pujols, Richards lead Angels over Indians 5-2

By JIM RICHARDS
Associated Press
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols tripled and doubled to back a scoreless start by Garrett Richards in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Richards, the No. 3 starter in a revamped rotation, gave the Angels the kind of pitching performance they've been looking for in his fourth spring start. He allowed three hits over 6 1-3 shutout innings in his fourth spring start, lowering his ERA to 3.50. The right-hander went 7-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 47 games, including 17 starts, during his first full season with the Angels in 2013.

''I got ahead of guys,'' Richards said. ''The early ground balls were nice. ... I'm just building momentum with each start. The guys are going to put up runs. My job is to keep them in games.''

After a slow start, Pujols brought his spring average up to .326 with two extra-base hits in two at-bats. Josh Hamilton had two hits in three at-bats with two RBIs.

Pujols tripled to right-center in the first to score Mike Trout. Hamilton's grounder drove in Pujols, who also doubled in the fifth to set up Hamilton's sacrifice fly.

''I liked the drive to right-center, let's just put it that way,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I liked the 0-2 (count) at-bat (by Hamilton) that got Albert in from third.

''(Hamilton has) worked very hard. He knows he has a way to go before he's locked in.''

Cleveland starter Zach McAllister rebounded from a poor outing with six competitive innings. He allowed three runs and six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. McCallister gave up six runs and nine hits against San Francisco in his previous game. The right-hander went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA last year.

Ian Stewart homered for the Angels off Josh Outman in the eighth.

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Scioscia liked what he saw from Richards on Sunday.

''When he stays within his delivery that ball comes out of his hand hot,'' Scioscia said. ''He was very consistent with his delivery.''

Newly acquired Angels' left-hander Jose Alvarez allowed three hits and struck out five in 3 1-3 shutout innings in a minor league game in Tempe on Sunday.

Alvarez was acquired from Detroit earlier in the week in the deal that sent Andrew Romine to Detroit and is a long shot to land a spot at the back of the rotation.

''We want him to get comfortable and we'll evaluate where he fits in,'' said Scioscia, who is dealing with injuries to relievers Sean Burnett and Dane De La Rosa.

CUTS

Before Sunday's game, the Angels released first baseman Carlos Pena, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and corner infielder Chad Tracy.

Pena figured to have a strong shot at making the club coming into camp as Pujols' backup at first, but hit just .139 with five hits in 36 at-bats and 14 strikeouts this spring.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

Z. McAllister
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 3
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David Murphy, RF3000001 .179
   Matt Carson, RF-CF1000001 .235
Nick Swisher, DH2000110 .250
   a-Joe Sever, PH-DH1001000 .000
Carlos Santana, C4000011 .167
   Tony Wolters, C0000000 .400
Ryan Raburn, LF2000100 .438
   Jordan Smith, PR-LF1110000 .143
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3010011 .292
   Ryan Rohlinger, 3B1000000 .389
Mike Aviles, SS2000101 .333
   Dorssys Paulino, PR-SS1000012 .333
Bryan LaHair, 1B3010000 .333
   David Cooper, 1B1011000 .364
Elliot Johnson, 2B3010013 .333
   Ronny Rodriguez, 2B1000002 .167
Nyjer Morgan, CF2100101 .219
   Cody Ferrell, RF1000012 .500
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
Totals3225246  
a-grounded out for Swisher in the 8th
Batting
2B - Elliot Johnson (3, Richards)
RBI - Joe Sever (1), David Cooper (6)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (2, 3rd base off Rasmus/Conger)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,1-1) 6633130 6.06
John Axford 1000000 1.29
Josh Outman 0.1222001 3.86
Chen-Chang Lee 0.2100010 3.24
HBP - Pujols (by Zach McAllister)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 35-30, John Axford 3-3, Josh Outman 5-3, Chen-Chang Lee 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 6-9, John Axford 2-1, Josh Outman 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 26, John Axford 3, Josh Outman 3, Chen-Chang Lee 3
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF3110000 .304
   J.B. Shuck, RF-LF1000000 .250
Mike Trout, CF2100121 .408
   Collin Cowgill, CF1000000 .268
Albert Pujols, 1B2121000 .326
   Ian Stewart, 1B1111000 .278
Josh Hamilton, LF3022000 .350
   Andrew Heid, PR-RF0100000 .000
David Freese, 3B3010003 .268
   Matt Long, 2B1000001 .432
Raul Ibanez, DH3000011 .190
   a-Chris Iannetta, PH-DH1000011 .333
Howie Kendrick, 2B3010000 .391
   Kaleb Cowart, 3B1011000 .222
Hank Conger, C4000002 .125
   Luis Martinez, C0000000 .286
Grant Green, SS3000001 .325
Garrett Richards, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals3259514  
a-struck out for Ibanez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (5, McAllister)
3B - Albert Pujols (1, McAllister)
HR - Ian Stewart (2, Outman)
SF - Josh Hamilton (1)
RBI - Albert Pujols (7), Ian Stewart (3), Josh Hamilton 2 (4), Kaleb Cowart (1)
2-OUT RBI - Kaleb Cowart (1)
SB - Andrew Heid (1, 2nd base off Outman/Wolters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Green-Kendrick-Pujols
E - Hank Conger (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards (W,2-1) 6.1300320 3.50
Michael Kohn (H,5) 0.2000010 6.75
Cory Rasmus (H,5) 1010110 1.59
Brandon Lyon 1211020 2.70
WP - Garrett Richards (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 37-25, Michael Kohn 4-4, Cory Rasmus 10-5, Brandon Lyon 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 12-4, Michael Kohn 1-0, Cory Rasmus 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 24, Michael Kohn 2, Cory Rasmus 4, Brandon Lyon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 9569
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Hal Gibson