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Hunter, Abreu, Wells make winning debut for Angels

February 28, 2011 |  3:51 pm

Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu made their spring training debut as teammates a successful one Monday, combining for three hits, two walks, a run scored and another driven in to spark the Angels to an 8-7 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Hunter walked twice and scored a run, Abreu doubled twice and had an RBI while Wells singled and knocked in a run when Oakland outfielder Chris Carter misplayed  his first-inning fly ball.

Maicer Izturis also had a single and a run scored, Peter Bourjos had a double, a bunt single and scored twice, and Howie Kendrick had a single and an RBI. The Angels had 12 hits all told and also took advantage of four Oakland errors.

There was a scary moment for the Angels in the bottom of the sixth inning when highly rated infield prospect Jean Segura collided with former Dodger Andy La Roche, who was reaching for a high throw at first for Oakland. Segura lay on the ground for several minutes before leaving the game for a pinch-runner, walking on his own to the clubhouse.

Starter Joel Pineiro tossed a pair of scoreless innings, giving up two hits. Left-hander Scott Downs made his first appearance in an Angels uniform, giving up a hit in one scoreless inning of relief. However, Matt Palmer struggled in his five-out appearance, allowing three hits and a walk. Two of those runners scored when left-hander Matt Meyer walked consecutive batters with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

 

 

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