LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paul Byrd was sharp in his final preseason
outing and the Los Angeles Angels got home runs from pinch-hitters
Curtis Pride and Mike Napoli to beat the Dodgers 6-4 Sunday,
completing their second consecutive three-game sweep of the Freeway
The Angels finished spring training 20-11-1 and the Dodgers were
13-15-3. Both teams begin defense of their respective West Division
titles on Tuesday, with the Dodgers sending Derek Lowe against the
Giants in San Francisco and the Angels sending Bartolo Colon
against the Texas Rangers at Anaheim.
Byrd allowed three hits in six innings, including home runs by
rookie Jason Repko and Hee-Seop Choi on consecutive pitches in the
fourth. The right-hander, who signed with the Angels as a free
agent in December, missed the entire 2003 season and the first 2
1-2 months last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Byrd finished the spring with a 2.42 ERA.
Dodgers starter Scott Erickson allowed a run and five hits in
six innings. The injury-plagued right-hander, who has pitched in
only six regular-season games in the majors since 2002 because of
injuries, makes his official Dodgers debut next Saturday at Arizona
after finishing the spring with a 2.00 ERA.
The Angels grabbed a 5-2 lead in the seventh with four runs and
six hits against reliever Elmer Dessens. Pride hit a three-run
homer to right field on the first pitch while batting for Byrd, and
Lou Merloni added an RBI single.
The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom half on Jason
Grabowski' RBI double, but Napoli responded in the eighth with a
first-pitch homer to center.
Rookie Bob Zimmerman got three outs for the save despite
allowing an RBI single by Grabowski.
The Angels got their first run in the fifth on rookie Maicer
Izturis' RBI triple. They finished spring training with 32 triples
-- just five shy of their entire regular-season total last year.
Penny, recovering from a nerve injury in his right biceps,
pitched four innings against Dodger minor leaguers in Vero Beach,
Fla., on Sunday without any discomfort. He will pitch again next
Friday, possibly in a Florida State League game. His first turn in
the rotation will be taken by Dessens. The Dodgers won't need a
fifth starter again until Apr. 19.
The Dodgers have lost the last five times they played the
Giants on opening day since Jerry Reuss' 4-3 victory in 1982 at
Dodger Stadium. ... Former Angels manager Terry Collins is now the
Dodgers' director of player development after three years as their
minor league field coordinator. ... Angels SS Orlando Cabrera
missed the last two preseason games with a bruised right hand, but
will be in the starting lineup on opening day. ... Angels CF Steve
Finley, whose ninth-inning walkoff grand slam last Oct. 2 clinched
the NL West title for the Dodgers, is the 79th player who has
played for both teams. ... Angels RHP Kevin Gregg is scheduled to
throw about 65 pitches Monday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as a
prelude to next Saturday's spot start against Kansas City, when he
will take Escobar's turn in the rotation. ... The Dodgers and
Angels have not consumated a trade with each other since March 31,
1976, when the Dodgers acquired C Ellie Rodriguez in exchange for
OF Jesus Alvarez and cash.