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Johnny Giavotella tightens grip on second base job in Angels' 8-4 win

Johnny Giavotella tightens grip on second base job in Angels' 8-4 win

Angels 8, Chicago Cubs 4 AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols highlighted a four-run fifth by turning on a Jason Motte 96-mph fastball and driving it well beyond the left-field wall for a three-run home run, his fourth homer in six games. C.J. Cron capped a four-run third with a two-run triple. He also singled in the fifth and is batting .412 (21 for 51) on the spring. Johnny Giavotella tightened his grip on the second-base job with three hits, and has nine hits in 20 at-bats. "He's getting a chance, and he's feeling more comfortable on the defensive end," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Giavotella. "We need someone to step up, and he's doing a nice job." ON THE...

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