PHOENIX -- The Angels’ first-team offense played together for the first time this spring. It was quite a first impression: The varsity lineup played six innings and scored in every one of them.
Mike Trout homered, Albert Pujols doubled twice and Howie Kendrick singled three times, sparking the Angels to a 14-10 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
The Angels ranked sixth in the American League in runs last season. They expect to do better this season, if they can keep Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton out of the training room.
“It’s going to be fun,” Trout said. “I’ll be ready to run. We’ll have a lot more opportunities, with Albert healthy and Josh healthy. We’ve got to stay healthy.”
The Angels figure to need that high-octane offense, given that three of their five starters -- Hector Santiago, Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs -- have not completed a season in a major league rotation. They are determined to avoid another slow start after a 9-17 April last year and an 8-15 April two years ago.
“We can’t do what we did last year,” Trout said. “I don’t even like talking about it.”
The Angels held their breath briefly in the third inning, when Trout was hit by a pitch on the left hand. Trout said afterward that he was a little sore and joked that he had tried to catch the pitch -- a breaking ball -- as if he were playing whiffle ball.
Trout has been hit by two pitches this spring. He stole second base immediately thereafter both times. This time, he also hit a home run in his next at-bat.
Trout denied that he plans to steal second base immediately after he's hit with a pitch this season.
“It’s spring training,” he said. “I’m going to go.”
Skaggs staggered through 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks. The Angels staked him to a 5-0 lead in the third inning; Skaggs had given five runs back by the fourth.
Skaggs said he had "no command of any of my pitches."