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Torii Hunter lifts Angels past Dodgers in spring finale

March 29, 2011 |  9:50 pm

High_600 Torii Hunter went 3 for 3 with a home run and four runs batted in Tuesday to help the Angels close out their spring training schedule with a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Anaheim.

One of Hunter's hits was his fourth home run of the spring, a majestic two-run shot to center field off Scott Elbert in the fifth inning. Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendricks added a single and a double apiece for the Angels, who had 12 hits on the night, including five for extra bases. Izturis also scored twice.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, managed only five hits off Scott Kazmir and four Angel relievers. Kazmir had perhaps his best outing of the spring, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up just a run on Rod Barajas' leadoff homer in the third.

Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up three runs and seven hits in his four innings.

With the win, the Angels finish spring training with a 18-13-1 record. They fly to Kansas City on Wednesday morning and open the regular season Thursday against the Royals. The Dodgers, 13-21-1 in the spring, play Seattle on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium before starting their regular season with the visiting Giants on Thursday.


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Photo: Angels' Torii Hunter, right, and Bobby Abreu high-five after Hunter hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of an exhibition game on Tuesday. Credit: Jae Hong / Associated Press.