Highlights of the Angels’ 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz.
AT THE PLATE: Second baseman Johnny Giavotella smothered Delino DeShields’ fifth-inning shot up the middle with a backhand dive and flipped the ball with his glove hand to shortstop Andrelton Simmons for a force out. He hit his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot to left field, to highlight a five-run seventh inning. Catcher Geovany Soto hit a home run to left in the fourth, his second of the spring, and C.J. Cron hit a run-scoring single in the seventh.
EXTRA BASES: Left-hander Nate Smith will start Monday in place of Jered Weaver, who has been slowed by a stiff neck and will be examined by a spine specialist. … Albert Pujols, relegated to designated hitter while he recovers from off-season surgery on his right foot, hopes to play first base in a game soon after the team’s March 23 day off.
UP NEXT: Reds on Monday, 1 p.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.