TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jered Weaver started spring training healthy and throwing well, a nice change for the Angels' right-hander.
Weaver, who missed his first two starts last season with an injury, allowed one hit in two scoreless innings and Torii Hunter homered for Los Angeles in a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.Biceps tendinitis sidelined Weaver early last year, but he finished 13-9 with a 3.91 ERA."This time last year, I couldn't even throw the ball 90 feet," Weaver said. "I haven't missed a beat as far as days and the bullpen and things like that. I think not missing a day is going to cover me as far as getting my arm strength where it needs to be."I'm going to be a lot more ready this year," he added. "I'll have a month of time to get ready rather than trying to cram it into two weeks to get ready for the season."Hunter hit his first homer in the third, a three-run shot off Kerry Wood. He also doubled in a run in the second off Cubs right-hander Jason Marquis, competing for a spot in the rotation.Marquis allowed three hits and two runs in his first spring start. He thinks he fits best as a starter -- with the Cubs or any other team."I love Chicago. I definitely want to stay here. I signed here for a reason. But I also signed to be a starter," Marquis said. "I think that's where I help the team the most. We'll see what happens when it's time for them to make their decision. I can take my services elsewhere, if that's the case. I can help another team in that capacity as a starter. My value doesn't lie in the bullpen, in my mind."Told about Marquis' comment, fiery Cubs manager Lou Piniella bristled."Well, if that's the case, he can go somewhere else. How's that?" Piniella said. "Win a spot in the rotation, you don't have to worry about it. I said we had seven starters here for five spots. It's a little bit too early to start talking about what he wants to do or not do."Marquis went 12-9 with a 4.60 ERA in his first season with the Cubs in 2007. He is in the second year of a $21 million, three-year contract.Hunter has four hits in his first four trips to the plate for his new team. The Gold Glove center fielder left Minnesota in the offseason to sign a $90 million, five-year contract with Los Angeles."He came to camp in great shape," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The first couple of games, he's really swinging the bat well."
The Cubs announced 2B Mark DeRosa will return to camp in Mesa on Sunday and could work out as early as Monday. DeRosa was taken to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat last Saturday and underwent a medical procedure Thursday at Chicago's Memorial Hospital. ... Wood allowed four hits and three runs in one inning.