Monday, March 22
Angels at the plate: Torii Hunter doubled off the glove of Jason Repko and was singled home by Hideki Matsui in the first inning. Brandon Wood hit a ground-rule double and Jeff Mathis homered in the second inning. Mike Napoli doubled in the sixth and scored on Mathis' sacrifice fly.
Dodgers at the plate: The Dodgers scored in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Garret Anderson, but Manny Ramirez was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first. In the fifth inning, Justin Knoedler singled, was doubled to third by Blake DeWitt and scored on Casey Blake's sacrifice fly.
Angels on the mound: Joe Saunders was efficient, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. Brian Fuentes pitched a scoreless sixth, but needed a great tumbling catch in a cloud of dirt by right fielder Cory Aldridge to steal an extra-base hit from Ramirez.
Dodgers on the mound: Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios started for the Dodgers in what amounted to a tryout for the fifth starter job and it didn't go well. He was charged with three runs on five hits with two walks in four innings. George Sherrill faced four batters and walked two of them, but Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout.
Worth noting: Matsui made his defensive debut of the spring for the Angels in left field and didn't have anything hit his way. Angels left fielder Michael Ryan left under his own power in the seventh inning when he collided with shortstop Gary Patchett.
Cactus League records: Angels 5-11-2; Dodgers 7-10-1.
Up next: The Dodgers have an off-day scheduled for Tuesday, but not everybody will be off. Chad Billingsley, to keep the rotation in order, will pitch about five innings in a Minor League game. The Dodgers won't play again until Wednesday night, when they travel to play Oakland. Hiroki Kuroda will try to bounce back from a rough outing against San Diego, but the more intriguing appearance will be 22-year-old Josh Lindblom, for the second spring making a strong bid for a job. Lindblom only pitched two innings last time, so if he makes the club, it appears it would be as a reliever.
In a rematch with the Mariners, Ervin Santana gets the start on Tuesday at Peoria against lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith. The Angels finally have all their regulars together, with Juan Rivera expected back in left field and Hideki Matsui resuming DH duties after playing left on Monday against the Dodgers for the first time since June 15, 2008. Hunter is swinging a sizzling bat for the Angels. The Mariners seized a 12-6 decision in Tempe on Sunday with ex-Angels Chone Figgins and Casey Kotchman shining along with Ichiro Suzuki. Santana is making his third Cactus League start. He has yielded only two hits in five innings while walking none and striking out five men. His last appearance was in a camp game. He's looking to get in the 75-80 pitch range.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.