Trout excels in first game action of spring

Trout excels in first game action of spring

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout didn't waste any time. The Angels' superstar center fielder made a sprawling catch to start Thursday's game and finished his Cactus League debut 3-for-3, setting an early tone in the Angels' 8-2 victory over the division-rival A's at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

"Last year he led off the spring with a homer," Angels starter Garrett Richards said. "Guys who have been around here a little bit just kind of laugh about it, because when he does things like this it's just kind of like, 'There he goes again.'"

Trout and Kole Calhoun, batting in front of him in the No. 2 spot, combined for six hits and scored three of the Angels' runs in the home debut.

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The Angels took a 3-2 lead in the third on RBI singles by catcher Geovany Soto and left fielder Daniel Nava. They then added a couple more runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Trout and a bases-loaded walk by Ji-Man Choi, who's competing for a spot off the bench.

Calhoun, Trout tally six hits

Richards -- working mostly on re-establishing his two-seam fastball -- ran into some trouble in his second and final inning of work, giving up a couple of runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Andrew Lambo.

Lambo, competing for an outfield spot, finished with two hits. First baseman Yonder Alonso singled, drew a walk and scored a run. The A's started non-roster pitcher Eric Surkamp, who was charged with a run on four hits and a walk in two innings. Ryan Doolittle (the younger brother of closer Sean Doolittle) and R.J. Alvarez (formerly of the Angels) each gave up two runs in their lone innings of work.

Trout made a sprawling catch to his right in the top of the first, robbing Billy Burns to start the game, then hit a bloop single to right field in the bottom half. The 24-year-old then lined a single up the middle in the third and laced a run-scoring double to left field in the fourth.

Trout is now batting .392/.469/.716 in 256 career Spring Training plate appearances, which is pretty much what you would expect.

"Trout's Trout," Alonso said. "He's going to do what he's going to do. Hopefully you can contain him. That's all you can try to do. Coming over from a different league, I'm looking forward to facing guys like that. They have a good squad. So do we."

Scioscia on Trout, Angels' win

A's Up Next: The A's will engage in split-squad action Friday, featuring their first home game of the Cactus League campaign. Oakland's top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea, gets the start in that game, a 12:05 p.m. PT matchup with the Rockies at Hohokam Stadium. Left-hander Felix Doubront will be on the mound at 12:10 for a road start against Zack Greinke and the D-backs at Salt River Fields.

Angels Up Next: Jered Weaver makes his spring debut when the Angels travel to Mesa to face the Cubs on Friday, with first pitch at Sloan Park set for 12:05 p.m. PT. Andrelton Simmons is expected to play in his first game, but he will probably start at designated hitter due to arm soreness.

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