Angels' new bats make impact vs. A's

Angels' new bats make impact vs. A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Ryan LaMarre's tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning propelled the Angels to a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the A's at Hohokam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Outfielder Ben Revere and third baseman Luis Valbuena -- who signed with the Angels this offseason -- chipped in with RBI doubles to help Los Angeles secure its second win in as many tries.

The A's, meanwhile, seek their first spring victory, despite out-hitting the Angels, 6-5. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza tripled and scored on Mark Canha's ensuing double in the third, and catcher Ryan Lavarnway doubled and was brought home on outfielder Jaycob Brugman's single in the seventh. Top prospect Franklin Barreto finished with two hits.

LaMarre's two-RBI single

Right-hander Bud Norris, competing for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation after signing on as a free agent last month, struck out two and issued one free pass in 1 2/3 innings in his first spring start.

Norris tests new windup

"Bud was fine, just overthrowing a little bit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think he settled in. You saw him really show some life on his fastball, really good slider."

Scioscia on win vs. A's

On the other side, A's No. 7 prospect Daniel Gossett -- getting a surprise start amid team pitching changes -- provided two scoreless innings with no hits and two walks allowed.

Gossett impressing A's at all levels

"He got outs," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Probably not the command that he wanted, but probably some nerves in his first start."

Lavarnway's double

Right-hander JC Ramirez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation, will make his first start of the spring Monday when the Halos host the Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. PT (watch live on MLB.TV).

Athletics: Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who anchored an injury-riddled staff last year, will make his first Cactus League start in a 12:05 p.m. PT matchup with the host Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday. Left-hander Sean Manaea, expected to slot behind Graveman in the No. 3 spot of the rotation, will also pitch in the game. Listen to a free webcast on

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