GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the 2015 regular season gets closer, Mike Trout, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, is getting as warm as the Arizona weather.
In a 5-3 Chicago win at Camelback Ranch on Sunday, Trout knocked first and third-inning singles off of White Sox starter John Danks, giving the Angels' outfielder six hits in last seven at-bats. Trout single-handedly created a run in the third, swiping second and third off of Danks and catcher Geovany Soto, and then came home on a David Freese ground out to shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
On the other side of the field, Jose Abreu, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, is picking up right where he left off last year. Abreu was 1-for-3 on Sunday, leaving his Cactus League average at .435. Melky Cabrera followed up a three-hit effort Saturday against the Angels with a single, walk, sacrifice fly, run scored and RBI.
Freese homered off of Danks in a first inning filled with solid contact, driving a ball out to right that was slightly assisted by the wind. Danks gave up three runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings and 61 pitches, settling down after allowing two runs on three hits in the first.
With Garrett Richards (left knee surgery) starting the season on the disabled list, Hector Santiago will likely be the fourth starter for the Angels. Santiago, the one-time White Sox starter and closer, gave up three runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings. All three runs scored in the third after Adam Eaton was picked off for the second out of the inning, leaving nobody on base.
Santiago got pulled after taking a comebacker to the left wrist by Conor Gillaspie with two outs in the third, but the move was precautionary and the 27-year-old left-hander was already close to reaching his pitch limit for the day. Santiago is confident he can take the ball again in five days.
"Just muscle," Santiago said. "It felt like a cramp, almost. It just kind of tightened up. It was fine. I felt like I could've kept going."
Angels closer Huston Street gave up one run over two-thirds of an inning in just his second spring appearance. White Sox closer David Robertson, who opened the fifth by walking Angels' left fielder Daniel Robertson, pitched out of a two-on, one-out situation in the fifth via an Albert Pujols double play.
"That's the way this game works," Robertson said. "You can do a lot of things bad and do one thing right and be lucky. I was very fortunate today to get a double play turned behind me."
Up next for the Angels:Jered Weaver makes his third Cactus League start on Monday, opposite right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, when the Angels host the Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angels' ace got hit around his last time out, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks in three-plus innings against the D-backs. But Weaver picked up on a mechanical flaw late in that outing, which involved shortening up his arm stroke so that the timing of his delivery is more in sync, and will look to implement that in Tempe, Ariz. Game time is 1:10 p.m. PT on MLB.TV and Fox Sports West.
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