Escobar complained of stiffness in mid-January and didn't make
his first spring appearance until March 15. Because of the delay,
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has made the right-hander the team's
No. 5 starter.
Last season, Escobar went 11-12 with a 3.93 ERA.
He allowed a run in the first, but worked out of a jam with two
other runners in scoring position. Escobar gave up two hits over
the next five innings in his fourth Cactus League start. He
finished with five strikeouts.
"He looked great," Scioscia said. "Everything you look for at
this point of the spring is there."
Jason Schmidt, the Giants' opening day starter, allowed two runs
and eight hits in four innings.
Lance Niekro and Brian Dallimore had two hits each for the
The attendance of 8,583 helped the Angels set a spring mark
of 106,690. ... The Angels (18-10) clinched at least a share of the
Cactus League title with one game to play. ... Schmidt has been
sharp in five of his six spring outings, allowing five earned runs
in 19 innings. ... Robb Quinlan, who will be the Angels' starting
third baseman, made two diving plays and caught a line drive before
firing to first from his knees for a double play. "He's not pretty
down there, but he makes the plays," Scioscia said. ... Angels
closer Frankie Rodriguez allowed a run and two hits in the ninth.
He has given up four earned runs in 11 innings this spring.