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Trout homers in Angels' 6-2 win over Dodgers

By JOE RESNICK
Associated Press
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout homered in his second at-bat hours after finalizing a contract extension, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Dodgers 6-2 Saturday night in the final preseason game for both clubs.

Kole Calhoun hit a three-run shot as the Angels finished their exhibition schedule with a 19-11 record. The Dodgers went 7-12. The Southern California rivals play four consecutive games against each other from Aug. 4-7, the first two at Dodger Stadium.

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs threw 98 pitches over 3 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The 22-year-old left-hander was acquired from Arizona in a three-team trade with Chicago White Sox in which the Angels sent slugger Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.

''The fact that we've been winning games this spring isn't the bottom line. I think it's how we're winning games and how we've held leads,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I think we've pitched great baseball in these 30-plus games.''

Trout received a six-year, $144.5 million deal, locking him up through the 2020 season.

''I love it here,'' Trout said during the press conference announced the extension. ''I think it's the best opportunity for me to be here, and over the next seven years, it's going to be a big jump in my life. I'm relieved, man. I'm going to play loose, and it's going to be fun.''

Former Angels right-hander Dan Haren pitched two innings, giving up six runs and six hits, including RBI doubles by Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first. The three-time All-Star is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday at San Diego.

Haren signed a $10 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 9 after spending last season with Washington.

''It's the last time Danny's going to throw in a game that doesn't count, so I hope he's sharper on Wednesday,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''I look at his last outing of the spring like I would anybody who goes 0 for 4 and doesn't look good. I'm not really going to put a lot of credence in it. I'm glad it's tonight and not Wednesday.''

Another ex-Angel, Chone Figgins, drove in both Dodgers runs with a double in the third inning.

''Figgy fits the bill for us,'' Mattingly said. ''It seemed like he took a while, and I still think he's in a mode of trying to get as many at-bats as he can get to get sharpened up a little bit after not playing last year. But I think he gives us what we want right now - a guy that can play all over the diamond, that knows how to play, can do a lot of different things for us and is going to be a good guy on the bench.''

The Dodgers played three exhibition games against the Angels after starting their regular-season schedule with a two-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in Australia. The defending NL West champions get back to the games that count on Sunday with Hyun-Jin Ryu starting against the Padres in place of ace Clayton Kershaw, who will be placed on the 15-day DL for the first time in his seven-year career on Sunday because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

''I'm not going to get into specifics,'' Kershaw told reporters. ''I can't pitch right now. It's frustrating. I've been hurt before where I knew when I'd be able to pitch. I'm getting better right now, just not fast enough. You don't feel like you're a part of the team when you're hurt. It's not a good feeling.''

Angels ace Jered Weaver will take the ball for Monday night's opener against Seattle's Felix Hernandez in Anaheim.

KNOOP MISSES HIS OLD BUDDY

Former Angels shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi, who died on Feb. 14 at age 71 after a series of strokes, played alongside Bobby Knoop in the 1960s. Knoop inducted Fregosi into the team's hall of fame in 1989, and Knoop returned the favor last season.

Knoop said Fregosi's death was ''very difficult.''

''But I understand what happens in life, and I celebrate the good things. I don't dwell on the bad things,'' said Knoop, now a special assignment infield coach with the Angels at age 75. ''I'm not so certain I miss the years, but I miss him.''

BAYLOR'S BACK UNDER THE HALO

The Angels' first AL MVP is now their hitting coach. Don Baylor has returned to Anaheim and has inherited one of the most dangerous lineups in the majors with 2011 World Series MVP David Freese joining Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton.

''A lot has changed here, but it's still the Angels,'' Baylor said. ''It's taken a while, a few other teams and things to get here, but this is the place for me to be. I'm not saying that I avoided it, but I always wanted to come back here, no doubt. Mike Scioscia and I worked together with Cystic Fibrosis for the past seven years and he values my opinion, so I'll give it to him.''

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

K. Calhoun
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

C. Figgins
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF1010000 .167
   Mike Baxter, RF1000012 .268
   Scott Schebler, RF2000012 .222
Carl Crawford, DH1000011 .154
   a-Drew Butera, PH-DH0100100 .286
   b-Trayvon Robinson, PH-DH2000020 .125
Hanley Ramirez, SS1000001 .261
   Dee Gordon, 2B1000003 .271
   Brendan Harris, 2B1000100 .136
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B1000011 .316
   Chone Figgins, LF1012000 .200
   Jamie Romak, PR-LF1000101 .000
Scott Van Slyke, LF1000010 .211
   Clint Robinson, 1B3000013 .308
Juan Uribe, 3B1000010 .273
   Joc Pederson, CF3000011 .184
Andre Ethier, CF1000000 .333
   Corey Seager, SS2010100 .286
Justin Turner, 2B-3B1010000 .389
   Miguel Rojas, PR-3B3000002 .387
A.J. Ellis, C1010000 .158
   Tim Federowicz, PR-C2100110 .067
Dan Haren, P0000000 .000
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   Matt Magill, P0000000 .000
   Red Patterson, P0000000 .000
Totals31252511  
a-walked for Crawford in the 3rd
b-struck out for Butera in the 5th
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins (2, Skaggs), Justin Turner (5, Skaggs)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Harris-C. Robinson, Harris-C. Robinson-Harris-Seager-C. Robinson
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,0-1) 2666112 6.00
Brandon League 1100010 12.27
Matt Magill 3100300 1.04
Red Patterson 2100020 0.77
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 43-24, Brandon League 18-11, Matt Magill 44-22, Red Patterson 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 3-2, Brandon League 1-1, Matt Magill 5-2, Red Patterson 2-2
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 13, Brandon League 4, Matt Magill 11, Red Patterson 7
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF3113100 .282
   J.B. Shuck, LF0000000 .281
Mike Trout, CF4221011 .414
   Matt Long, RF0000000 .408
Albert Pujols, 1B3111000 .321
   John McDonald, SS1000010 .310
Josh Hamilton, LF3000111 .333
   Taylor Lindsey, 2B0000000 .067
David Freese, 3B3021000 .283
   Collin Cowgill, CF1010000 .275
Raul Ibanez, DH2000101 .218
   a-Brennan Boesch, PH-DH1000001 .256
Howie Kendrick, 2B3120001 .386
   Grant Green, 3B1000001 .333
Chris Iannetta, C4000013 .289
Erick Aybar, SS1100100 .300
   Ian Stewart, 1B1000000 .292
Tyler Skaggs, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   Nick Maronde, P0000000 .000
   Jeremy Berg, P0000000 .000
   Cam Bedrosian, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals3169644  
a-popped out for Ibanez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (7, Haren), David Freese (1, Haren), Collin Cowgill (7, Patterson), Howie Kendrick (2, Haren)
HR - Kole Calhoun (3, Haren), Mike Trout (6, Haren)
RBI - Kole Calhoun 3 (13), Mike Trout (17), Albert Pujols (9), David Freese (9)
2-OUT RBI - David Freese (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-McDonald-Stewart
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (W,3-1) 3.2522260 4.94
Cory Rasmus (H,6) 1.1000110 1.32
Nick Maronde (H,6) 1000110 3.00
Jeremy Berg (H,1) 1.2000130 0.00
Cam Bedrosian (H,3) 0.1000000 0.00
Ernesto Frieri 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 97-60, Cory Rasmus 19-10, Nick Maronde 13-7, Jeremy Berg 21-12, Cam Bedrosian 1-1, Ernesto Frieri 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 3-2, Nick Maronde 1-0, Jeremy Berg 2-0, Ernesto Frieri 1-2
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 18, Cory Rasmus 5, Nick Maronde 3, Jeremy Berg 6, Cam Bedrosian 1, Ernesto Frieri 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43553
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tom Woodring, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Chad Whitson, Third Base - Paul Emmel