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Angels drop split-squad spring games to Reds and White Sox

Angels drop split-squad spring games to Reds and White Sox
Angels outfielder Mike Trout works on curve balls in the batting cage during spring training. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Cincinnati 8, Angels 5

Chicago White Sox 9, Angels 4

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AT THE PLATE: Daniel Nava went two for two with a double and a walk as the designated hitter against Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz. Left fielder Nick Buss went three for three and robbed a home run. Infielder Jefry Marte hit a three-run home run.

Against the White Sox in Tempe, Ariz., Mike Trout homered on a first-pitch fastball from Erik Johnson. Last season, Trout declared he would swing at more first pitches but did not follow through on it. He's had several first-pitch hits this spring.

"He's developing a nice feel," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "If it happens to be on a first pitch, so be it." Trout also worked two walks and stole a base. He did not make an out. … Outfielders Kole Calhoun and Rafael Ortega each doubled.

ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker served up three home runs and two more near-homers in three innings against the Reds. He gave up 10 hits and seven runs. … Left-hander Hector Santiago started against the White Sox and struck out five in three innings, walking one. He threw 49 pitches, 30 for strikes. Santiago gave up a two-run home run to Dioner Navarro.

Likely bullpen members Fernando Salas, a right-hander, and Jose Alvarez, a left-hander, each threw a scoreless inning. …Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya, a longshot to make the team, struck out three in two innings. … Right-handed pitching prospect Kyle McGowin gave up five runs in 1 2/3 wild innings.

EXTRA BASES: Santiago and catcher Geovany Soto combined for three outs on plays made on White Sox baserunners. Soto threw out two and Santiago picked off another. … Monday marked the Angels' first split-squad games of the spring. They have two more scheduled.

UP NEXT: Arizona on Tuesday, 3 p.m. PST at Salt River Fields. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West; Radio: 830.

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