• The Angels announced Wednesday that FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket will be televising 23 of their Spring Training games beginning Feb. 24, making up the most expansive schedule yet. Terry Smith and Jose Mota will call the action, with Mark Gubicza and Tim Salmon popping in from time to time.
Highlights of the spring broadcast schedule include: Feb. 24 vs. A's, Feb. 26 vs. D-backs, Feb. 27 and March 24 vs. Giants and March 1 vs. Dodgers. The Angels' March 28 exhibition against the Dodgers, taking place at Angel Stadium, will also be televised.
• Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri is working on a cutter this spring to offset his heavily used two-seam fastball -- not a changeup, as manager Mike Scioscia mentioned on the first day of camp. Frieri likes the cutter because he throws it from the same arm slot and with a very similar grip.
• Scioscia recently took a trip to Lincoln, Neb., to visit Darin Erstad, the former Angels outfielder and first baseman who became the University of Nebraska's head baseball coach in June 2011. Asked if he sees any similarities, Scioscia joked: "He's a lot thinner, in better shape. … As coach, you have to temper that passion you had when playing, and it looks like Darin has been able to bridge that. He's great communicating with players -- they understand his vision for the club, and they're going to get after it."