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Angels escape with victory over Rangers despite Matt Harvey’s shaky start

Angels escape with victory over Rangers despite Matt Harvey’s shaky start
Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey didn't survive the second inning. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

ANGELS 12, RANGERS 11

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AT THE PLATE: The Angels lead the major leagues in runs this spring. On Monday, for the 10th time in 20 Cactus League games, they scored at least eight runs. … Jack Kruger, perhaps the Angels’ top catching prospect, drove in six runs on a three-run homer and bases-loaded triple. Kruger, 24, a 20th-round pick from Mississippi State, is likely to start this season at double-A Mobile.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Harvey started for the Angels but did not survive the second inning. He faced 10 batters, gave up five hits and four runs, threw a wild pitch and committed an error. He also crossed up catcher Jonathan Lucroy on one pitch, he said. “I just couldn’t get it going for some reason. I wasn’t very good,” Harvey said. “Mid-spring training blues, so to speak,” manager Brad Ausmus said. … Closer Cody Allen faced seven batters, retired three and gave up a home run to Hunter Pence.

EXTRA BASES: Infielder Zack Cozart said he was “100%” confident he would be ready for opening day. Cozart, who has not played in a week because of a strained calf, resumed running Monday on a treadmill. … Outfielder Justin Upton, who has not played this spring as the Angels protect a knee prone to tendinitis, started taking live batting practice Monday. … Ausmus said the return of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, scratched from his scheduled Sunday start because of forearm fatigue, is “borderline imminent.”

UP NEXT: The Angels are off Tuesday. They face the San Diego Padres on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium. TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: 830.

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