• Josh Hamilton, who strained his left calf during a baserunning drill on Tuesday, was temporarily off crutches Thursday morning and said he's "feeling a lot better." The outfielder took some soft toss and threw off one knee, but is still at least two weeks away from resuming full baseball activities.
• Angels manager Mike Scioscia has shed 34 pounds since the end of last season, "But I'm going for 60," he said proudly. Asked if he utilized Hamilton's natural-juice regimen from last year, Scioscia laughed and said: "I'll tell you what, if I am juicing, it had a lot of ground-up meat in it, too."
• Pitching prospect Mark Sappington organized the Angels' annual spring toy drive, a job that used to fall on the young Mike Trout. Sappington raised about $5,000 from Angels players in camp, and seven of his teammates went to a local Toys "R" Us to buy boxes of toys. They'll be distributed to Children's First Academy in Tempe next week.
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