03/26/11 7:07 PM ET
Late rally comes up short for White Sox
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
In fact, third baseman Alberto Callaspo, designated hitter Mark Trumbo and pitcher Jered Weaver were the only Saturday starters who figure to play a major role in the Angels' 2011 season. Yet, the Angels' reserves still produced enough offense to improve to 15-13 in Cactus League action.
Jeff Marquez started for the White Sox and didn't strengthen his case for making the roster as a 12th pitcher, allowing three runs on six hits with just one out in the second. But the right-hander settled down and didn't give up a hit over the next 2 2/3 innings of work. Marquez fanned three and didn't issue a walk.
The Angels watched their first two batters of the game make quick outs but put together three straight hits off Marquez to score two, capped by Brandon Wood's two-run double. The Angels scored three in the fifth off reliever Will Ohman, with Alexi Amarista launching his first spring home run and Trumbo doubling home two.
Weaver worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out four and walked two in his final spring tuneup.
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Weaver used his 77-pitch allotment to begin to approach game situations the way he will when things matter tarting Thursday against the Royals.
"I threw more offspeed stuff in fastball counts," Weaver said. "You've got to be able to control the offspeed pitches in fastball counts to be successful. It was good to get that done."
Jesse Crain pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the White Sox. Paul Konerko drove in a run with his second of two singles coming in the third.Jim Gallagher doubled home a run in the eighth, followed by Carlos Quentin's RBI single. The White Sox loaded the bases in the frame but Lastings Milledge lined out to right to end the threat. White Sox up next: Mark Buehrle's last Spring Training effort takes place Sunday at the Brewers' home park in Maryvale, with a first pitch of 3:05 p.m. CT on Gameday Audio. Lastings Milledge gets the start in center field and Brent Lillibridge gets the call in right, as the last roster spot to be decided comes down to the last few days. Chris Sale and Sergio Santos pitch in relief in their first of back-to-back days, while Edwin Jackson starts in a Minor League game. Angels up next: Having bid farewell to Arizona, the Angels welcome the Padres to Angel Stadium on Sunday. Dan Haren draws his final spring tuneup when he opposes southpaw Clayton Richard at 2:05 p.m. PT, available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. Following Haren to the mound will be Kevin Jepsen, Rich Thompson and Jordan Walden. Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter are not expected to play until Monday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, but most of the other Angels regulars are expected to perform, including hot-hitting Bobby Abreu (.341), Howard Kendrick (.373), Peter Bourjos (.354), Erick Aybar (.333), Jeff Mathis (.375) and Maicer Izturis (.280).