Spring training: Oakland Athletics 4, Angels 1

Platoon players C.J. Cron and Collin Cowgill continue to shine in Angels' 4-1 loss to A's

AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron, who will split time at designated hitter with Matt Joyce and back up first baseman Albert Pujols, lined a run-scoring double to right field in the first inning and another double to left-center in the fourth to close Cactus League play with a .415 average (27 for 65), three homers, 10 doubles and 14 runs batted in. Collin Cowgill, who will share time in left field with Joyce, singled and scored a run and finished Cactus League play with a .321 average (18 for 56).

ON THE MOUND: Angels starter Drew Rucinski gave up a pair of solo homers, to Mark Canha in the fourth inning and J.P. Sportman in the sixth. Reliever Fernando Salas gave up a double and struck out one in a scoreless seventh, and Vinnie Pestano gave up a run on a walk, a double and an RBI groundout in the eighth. Left-hander C.J. Wilson made his final spring start in a triple-A game against the A's and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs, five hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.

EXTRA BASES: Manager Mike Scioscia said Garrett Richards, who is recovering from left-knee surgery, will start a minor league game in Arizona on Thursday, take a week off, and pitch in an extended spring-training game in Arizona on April 9. Barring a setback, Richards would begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment on April 14, which would align him for a return to the Angels rotation by late April.

ANGELS UP NEXT: Dodgers at Angel Stadium at 7 p.m. On the air: TV—Prime Ticket. Radio—830.

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