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Angels fall to Diamondbacks, 5-3, in exhibition game

Yunel Escobar

Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar, shown during a game March 4, had two hits on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

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Highlights from the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

AT THE PLATE: The top hitters in the Angels’ batting order, third baseman Yunel Escobar and Daniel Nava, each reached base twice. Escobar singled both times; Nava doubled and walked. Mike Trout drove him in with a single. … Albert Pujols singled. … The Angels struck out only twice during the game at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Andrew Heaney made his first start and pitched two scoreless innings. He missed his first scheduled outing because of an illness. “I feel good,” he said. “I have energy. I am not dying. It’s great.” He struck out one, walked one and gave up two hits. … Closer Huston Street made his spring debut and gave up two hits and a walk. … Right-handers Fernando Salas, Cam Bedrosian, Ramon Ramirez and A.J. Achter each threw scoreless innings. … Left-hander Lucas Luetge, who has an outside shot at making the team, gave up a three-run home run.

EXTRA BASES: Trout stole his second base of the spring. … Street picked Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed off third base in the third inning. … Catcher Carlos Perez threw away an attempted pickoff. … Johnny Giavotella was picked off second base in the bottom of the third. … Heaney said he was not assuming he had earned a place in the rotation, although he seems a lock. “I feel like they know what I can do, but I don’t think that means I have a spot, necessarily,” Heaney said. “That they know what I’m able to do gives me some comfort in getting my feet on the ground, getting a good base and knowing that I can work on things and not feel like I’m constantly under the microscope.”

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