Old friends: Gary Matthews Jr. took advantage of a good buddy when he launched his third homer of the spring on Tuesday night, a two-run blast off the Padres' Chris Young. Matthews and Young were teammates in Texas and spent hours talking about their shared passion: the NBA. Matthews is a die-hard Lakers fan, whereas Young pulls for his hometown Mavericks. ... Ervin Santana (5 1/3 innings, nine hits, seven runs, six earned) was rocked for two-run homers by Terrmel Sledge and Geoff Blum, who also doubled home two runs. Brian Giles doubled twice, and Mike Cameron also smoked a double against Santana. It was the first time this spring that the young right-hander has been hit hard, after four solid outings. ... Chone Figgins muscled up against Young for his second spring homer, and Howie Kendrick narrowly missed leaving the yard on a 400-foot sacrifice fly handled by Cameron.
Triple or nothing: The Angels turned their second triple play of the spring in highly unconventional fashion. With runners on first and third in the first inning, Santana struck out Josh Bard. Napoli threw to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who threw to Casey Kotchman for the second out. Kotchman then caught Brian Giles wandering off third with a peg to Figgins for the third out. Kotchman started the other triple play, in Tucson on March 8. ... Napoli was back in the lineup, having regained his strength after having wisdom teeth pulled.
Another Colon test: Bartolo Colon continues his march toward a rotation spot when he goes to the mound on Wednesday for a 45-pitch live batting practice session. His rotator cuff tear from last July has not been a problem thus far, and his next big challenge is expected to be a camp game in anticipation of a possible Cactus League start before the Angels break camp. ... Jered Weaver, also on the rehab trail after a bout with biceps tendinitis, threw 45 pitches -- all fastballs and changeups -- in a simulated camp game on Monday and declared himself on schedule for a rotation slot by mid-April. ... In Monday's camp game against Oakland's Triple-A club, Kelvim Escobar struck out nine and walked one in five innings, giving up four hits and three runs, one earned.
Up next: Southpaw Joe Saunders, who experienced stiffness in his left forearm after his start on Sunday and was shut down for a few days, will be on a 75-pitch limit on Wednesday in his start against the Diamondbacks at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Saunders figures as the No. 5 starter until Colon returns to the rotation.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less