2012 Freeway Series: Angels Cap Series With 8-3 Victory

Justin Sellers and Josh Lindblom both found out they made the Dodgers' opening day roster on Tuesday.

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Angels Opening Day Roster: Alexi Amarista Makes Team

The Angels open their season Friday night against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim.

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Freeway Series 2012, Angels Vs. Dodgers: Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo Power Halos To 8-3 Win

The Los Angeles Angels concluded their spring training on Wednesday afternoon with a power display at Dodger Stadium, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3. The victory gave the Angels the Freeway Series crown for a third straight season, this year two games to one.

The Angels are 15-3-3 in exhibition games against the Dodgers since 2004.

Albert Pujols hit a 441-foot blast into the loge level down the left field line in the first inning off Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi. One inning later, Mark Trumbo hit a 444-foot home run to center field. Eovaldi allowed seven runs, including three home runs, and was optioned to Double A Chattanooga after the game as the Dodgers finalized their opening day roster.

Jorge Cantu, who after the game was optioned to Triple A Salt Lake City by the Angels, hit a home run in the seventh inning off Fernando Nieve, his second of the spring.

The Angels finished their spring with a 19-12-2 record. They are off on Thursday, then host the Kansas City Royals for three games beginning Friday night in Anaheim. The Dodgers, 15-15-4 in the spring, open a four-game series at Petco Park in San Diego on Thursday afternoon.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA. For the latest on the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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Dodgers Vs. Angels, Freeway Series: L.A. Bullpen Shaky In Blowout Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a planned "bullpen game" on Monday night, with eight different relievers either on the team or in the mix for a spot on the team getting to pitch in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. But unfortunately for the Dodgers, they didn't get much relief, losing 12-3 to the Halos.

This normally would have been Ted Lilly's turn in the rotation, but Lilly missed two starts with a stiff neck, which pushed back his schedule and will cause the left-hander to open the season on the disabled list. Jamey Wright was solid, striking out three in his two scoreless innings, and Josh Lindblom, fighting for the eighth and final bullpen slot, struck out two in his scoreless appearance. But just about every other pitcher for the Dodgers struggled:

Javy Guerra restored order with a scoreless ninth inning, but that didn't even technically count. Both teams agreed, at the Angels' request, to play a full nine innings regardless of the score, to get everyone work in if needed. So Guerra's three outs recorded in the bottom of the ninth inning officially never happened. Not that they would have counted anyway, with it being spring training.

The Dodgers have a more traditional plan for Tuesday's game. Aaron Harang will make his final spring start, a tuneup for his planned Sunday start at Petco Park against his former team, the San Diego Padres. For the Angels, Ervin Santana will toe the rubber.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Angels Vs. Dodgers, Freeway Series: Dan Haren Sharp In Final Spring Start

Dan Haren concluded his magnificent spring with another solid outing on Monday night, pitching into the sixth inning while allowing just one run in the Los Angels Angels' 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Haren allowed a run on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He finished his spring with a 3-0 record, a 2.05 ERA, and 25 strikeouts with only two walks. He will start Saturday for the Angels in their second game of the regular season, hosting the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim.

Monday was also the first game in Anaheim for Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240 million contract in the offseason. Pujols sounded like a man at ease with the pressures of being Albert Pujols.

"I know I've had good success, but I'm always thinking about having the best season I've ever had," said Pujols, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "Those are things that I focus on. And it's not just for me, it's for the whole team. In the end, that's what you play for -- to be a champion. All that matters is how many rings you have when you retire."

Ervin Santana takes the hill for the Angels on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium against Aaron Harang of the Dodgers.

For the latest on the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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Angels Spring Training 2012: Kole Calhoun Wins Fred Haney Memorial Award

After six weeks in Tempe, Arizona, the Los Angeles Angels returned home to Anaheim Monday night to host the Los Angeles Dodgers in their annual Freeway Series. The first game is in Anaheim, and the last two will be played in at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.

Angels outfield prospect Kole Calhoun was presented with the 2012 Fred Haney Memorial Award by the team on Monday night before the game, given annually to the top rookie in Angels spring training camp. Cole, who was drafted by the Halos in the eighth round in 2010, hit .333/.378/.524 with six doubles and a triple in 45 plate appearances.

Here is Calhoun getting his award from Angels manager Mike Scioscia before the game:

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Calhoun, now 24, hit .324/.410/.547 with 36 doubles and 22 home runs for Class A Inland Empire in 2011.

For the latest on the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Dodgers: Freeway Series Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels begin their annual Freeway Series exhibition series Monday night in Anaheim. Dan Haren gets the start for the Angels, while the Dodgers will essentially have a bullpen game on the mound. Relievers Jamey Wright, Kenley Jansen, Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Todd Coffey, and Mike MacDougal are all slated to pitch on Monday, with Wright starting.

Here are the starting lineups, which are essentially the opening day lineups, with the added caveat of Adam Kennedy at designated hitter for the Dodgers, batting ninth. Kennedy suffered a slight right groin pull on March 25 and didn't get into another game as a precaution until pinch hitting Sunday. Manager Don Mattingly said Kennedy will get a lot of at-bats over the next three days, in preparation for the season:

Dodgers

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kennedy DH

Angels

Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Hunter RF
Wells LF
Trumbo 3B
Iannetta C
Bourjos CF

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA. For the latest on the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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Freeway Series, Angels Vs. Dodgers: Halos Have Dominated In Recent Years

Not that exhibition games count in the standings or anything, but the Los Angeles Angels have owned the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Freeway Series of late. The annual exhibition series began 50 years ago Monday with an Angels' victory over the Dodgers in Palm Springs.

The two teams didn't play from 1965-1968, in 1972, or in 1980. Then the two teams put their traditional end-of-spring matchup on hold from 2000-2002. The two teams resumed their exhibition series in 2003, with the Dodgers winning both games. But starting in 2004, it has been all Angels:

  • 2004: Angels 3, Dodgers 0
  • 2005: Angels 3, Dodgers 0
  • 2006: Angels 1, Dodgers 0 (two ties)
  • 2007: Angels 2, Dodgers 1
  • 2008: one tie in their only game
  • 2009: Dodgers 1, Angels 0
  • 2010: Angels 2, Dodgers 0
  • 2011: Angels 2, Dodgers 0

That's 18 games in eight years, and the Angels are 13-2-3 in those contests. They lead the all-time spring exhibition series with the Dodgers 58-44-3.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA. For the latest on the Angels, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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Freeway Series 2012: Dodgers, Angels Resume Annual Exhibition Battle In Anaheim

The Angels are 13-2-3 against the Dodgers in Freeway Series games since 2004.

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