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Angels settle for a draw with the Mariners, 3-3

Angels settle for a draw with the Mariners, 3-3
Daniel Nava is batting .619 in spring training after adding two more hits against the Mariners on March 15. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Highlights from the Angels' 3-3 tie with the Seattle Mariners:

AT THE PLATE: Left field might still be the greatest source of angst among Angels fans, but the batting averages of platoon mates Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry add up to 1.000. Nava had two more hits Tuesday; he's batting .619. Gentry tripled to lead off the ninth and is batting .381; Geovany Soto drove him in with a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Center fielder Mike Trout's average fell to .455 after he had one hit in four at-bats.

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ON THE MOUND: Starter Andrew Heaney gave up one run in three innings. Setup man Joe Smith gave up two unearned runs in one inning. He has faced 19 batters and struck out one. Cory Rasmus, bidding for a spot as a long man, gave up a go-ahead home run to Dario Pizzano in the ninth inning.

EXTRA BASES: The Angels announced the retirement of 26-year-old left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who played at UCLA and is expected to pursue a master's degree in business administration. "He just felt he wanted a change in direction of how his life was going," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "You have to respect that." The Angels had claimed Rasmussen on waivers last December, so they have a vacancy on their 40-man roster. Rasmussen played in six organizations — the Dodgers traded him for Michael Young — and pitched in 30 major league games for the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

UP NEXT: Cincinnati on Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Goodyear Ballpark. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.

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