TEMPE, Ariz. — Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher
"Going to the other side of the mound gave him a slightly different perspective," Scioscia said. "He pitched well against some good hitters."
Blanton, who was demoted to the bullpen last July, is guaranteed $8.5 million this season, the second year of his two-year, $15-million deal, but he is not guaranteed a rotation spot.
Barring injury, it appears the Angels will open with a rotation of
But if Blanton pitches effectively the rest of the spring, he would improve his chances of winning a long-relief spot or enhance what little trade value he has. Moving to the other side of the rubber could be a key.
"I think he gets a chance to create angles both to left-handers and right-handers, especially with his fastball, which he's able to get cross-corner or down and in to a lefty," Scioscia said. "Also, with his breaking ball, he can get it under a lefty's swing or have more angle to a righty."