Angels 6, Athletics 2
AT THE PLATE: The Angels have won eight straight games and closed Cactus League play with a 17-10 record. Utility infield candidate Grant Green lined a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning and is hitting .360 (18 for 50) with 11 runs batted in. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run in the seventh, and Matt Long (.426) hit two sacrifice flies and a double.
ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson looked sharp in his final tuneup, giving up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two. His earned-run average is 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings. He threw 99 pitches. Joe Smith gave up a leadoff home run to Dusty Coleman in the eighth, and Kevin Jepsen, mixing a firm fastball and sharp curve, struck out three of four in the ninth.
EXTRA BASES: Reliever Dane De La Rosa (forearm strain) will open the season on the disabled list, but the right-hander is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game in Arizona on Thursday and should be ready to join the Angels in early April. Left-hander Sean Burnett (elbow discomfort) resumed throwing Wednesday but is not expected to throw off a mound for several days.
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