• Freese returned to the lineup on Sunday, serving as the designated hitter after missing the previous two games with tightness in his right quad. Scioscia said Freese was healthy enough to play third base, but wanted to take advantage of the DH before playing three games in an NL park starting Monday.
• Scioscia doesn't typically allow pitchers to swing the bat in Spring Training, but he also doesn't put handcuffs on them when it's time to bat or run the bases in NL parks.
"You have to play baseball," Scioscia said. "Its part of competing. These guys are athletes. If they stay aggressive, they'll be OK. The head-first slide is obviously something you tell them not to do."
• After Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers, the Angels optioned right-handed reliever Josh Wall to Triple-A Salt Lake. They'll announce a corresponding roster move on Monday. Wall was charged with five earned runs without recording an out on Friday, then allowed another run while pitching the eighth inning on Saturday.
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