Angels beat Oakland Athletics, 8-2, in Mike Trout’s spring debut

Mike Trout

Angels center fielder Mike Trout takes batting practice during a spring training workout on Feb. 28.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Highlights from the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics:

AT THE PLATE: In his spring debut, center fielder Mike Trout went three for three with a double and drove in a run, raising his career spring training batting average to .392. … Right fielder Kole Calhoun also went three for three. … Geovany Soto and Daniel Nava had run-scoring singles in their Angels debuts. … C.J. Cron drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. … Ji-Man Choi walked in a run and singled in two more.

ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Garrett Richards started the game. In his second inning, Richards issued a walk and gave up a double and a single, then fired two wild pitches. He did not strike out any of the eight batters he faced and was charged with two runs. … Right-hander Mike Morin followed Richards and pitched a hitless inning. … Right-hander Al Alburquerque loaded the bases in his inning but did not allow a run. … Five other relievers pitched scoreless innings, including right-hander Cory Rasmus, who is out of options and pitching for a spot in the Angels bullpen.

EXTRA BASES: Trout made a running catch on the first play of the game, saving a probable double on a ball hit by A’s outfielder Billy Burns. “He had my back on that, and I look forward to seeing more catches like that this season,” Richards said. … Thursday marked the spring training opener at the Angels’ home field, Tempe Diablo Stadium. Over the off-season, the team invested in a TrackMan Doppler radar system to gather analytics during the spring, including spin-rate data.


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