Pujols, Trout star, pitchers struggle as Dodgers tie Angels
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols collected his first two hits since offseason foot surgery, Mike Trout tripled and doubled, and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up Scott Kazmir in a 13-13, nine-inning tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Pujols, who had been 0 for 5 in two games, followed his RBI single up the middle in the first with a run-scoring bloop single to right an inning later on Kazmir's final pitch.
''He's starting to get there,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He swung the bat well. I think our `A' lineup out there looked really, really good.''
Trout's slicing triple to right also came off Kazmir, who allowed five runs and six hits with two walks while getting four outs.
Angels starter Jered Weaver wasn't any better. Joc Pederson, Austin Barnes and Scott Van Slyke all homered off Weaver, who was charged with five runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Weaver, who had a career-worst 4.64 ERA last year amid hip pain, topped out at 81 mph with his fastball in his second start.
''I wake up every day hoping this is the day it's going to click,'' Weaver said. ''It just hasn't happened yet.''
Trout went the other way again for a double in the fourth off Chris Hatcher and scored three runs. He's 6 for 10 in five games.
Dodgers: Kazmir spent parts of three seasons with the Angels before being released in 2011. He left Houston to sign a three-year, $48 million deal in the offseason.
''I ended up throwing fastballs right there with two strikes and got hurt,'' Kazmir said. ''As far as health, I feel great. It's really frustrating to have the outing that I did.''
Angels: Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single in the third off Weaver. A drop in velocity has coincided with his recent struggles.
''I think if I can locate I can get guys out at 60 mph,'' Weaver said. ''It's where you put the ball and I wasn't able to put the ball where I wanted to today and it showed.''
Dodgers: OF Howie Kendrick (groin) sat out for a third straight day, but participated in morning drills. . OF Alex Guerrero (knee) remain sidelined . LHP Julio Arias (groin), the club's top pitching prospect, is scheduled to make his debut Friday against the Angels.
Angels: Closer Huston Street (calf) could pitch Thursday. . Tyler Skaggs (Tommy John surgery) threw his third bullpen session.
CRON AT FIRST
While Pujols returned sooner than expected from November surgery, he's only been the DH.
C.J. Cron, who backed up Pujols last season at first base, started there and had no issues while going 1 for 3. Scioscia said he's ''definitely'' comfortable with Cron at first.
''He's moving better,'' Scioscia said. ''His hands were always OK and he's got a strong arm. And he's throwing the ball accurately. . He has the game to play at a higher level at first base for sure.''
Pederson was a rookie All-Star before hitting .170 over the final three months last season. He was 1 for 7 before his towering homer to right. He finished 2 for 4 in a game that had 36 hits.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda starts Thursday against Oakland.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney, scratched from his first start due to illness, debuts Thursday against Arizona.