Trout homers, drives in two as Angels beat A's

Trout homers, drives in two as Angels beat A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Mike Trout homered, and Jered Weaver completed five innings in his first Cactus League start since March 9, helping the Angels secure an 11-3 victory over the host A's at Hohokam Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Coco Crisp and Bruce Maxwell each hit solo homers off Weaver, who allowed five hits total with two strikeouts and no walks while throwing his fastball mostly in the 79- to 81-mph range, as he did in his last start against the Dodgers when he gave up five runs while recording eight outs and later complained of neck pain.

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Maxwell's solo homer

After undergoing an MRI that revealed tightening of the nerves in his neck, Weaver pitched in a Minor League game Sunday before returning to Cactus League action. He remains adamant about being ready by Opening Day.

"I thought it was good," Weaver said. "Couple mishaps as far as arm slot goes, but everything felt like it was coming out good. Location was good those first three innings. I started to get a little tired towards the end. But I just needed to build up some arm strength. It was really good."

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Trout, who also went deep Thursday, finished with two hits and two RBIs to raise his spring average to .395, and third baseman Yunel Escobar kept pace with a pair of hits to improve to 22-for-44 in exhibition play.

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A's starter Sean Manaea, the club's top pitching prospect, lasted four innings and was on the hook for five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in that span. He committed one of four A's errors on the day, leading to one of three runs in the second.

Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie chipped in with an RBI double in the fourth and finished 2-for-3. He's batting .469 this spring.

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Trout's RBI single

Ji-Man Choi, Todd Cunningham, Jefry Marte and Gregorio Petit all drove in runs during a five-run eighth.

Cory Rasmus, who seems like a lock to crack the Angels' bullpen, struck out the side and issued a walk in an eighth inning in which the A's didn't swing at any of his 16 pitches.

"We're happy to see where he is," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Rasmus. "This is how he was pitching when he was getting the ball to start for us towards the end of '14. It's good to see him back on the beam. It's going to be important."

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Up next for the Angels: Andrew Heaney makes his fourth Cactus League start on Saturday, opposite righty James Shields, when the Angels host the Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium for a 1:10 p.m. PT first pitch on MLB.TV. Heaney, who is all but a lock to make the rotation at this point, has given up only two runs in nine innings this spring.

Up next for the A's: The A's travel to Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. matchup with the defending World Series champion Royals on MLB.TV. Right-hander Chris Bassitt is scheduled to start for Oakland, with closer Sean Doolittle also slated to pitch in the game, which would mark his first appearance since March 13. Doolittle was slowed by a slight triceps strain but is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Jane Lee is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.