Angels rough up Bauer in win over Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Collin Cowgill's two-run homer off Trevor Bauer highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels over the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Monday.

Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.

Grant Green, competing for a job as the Angels' utility infielder, played third base and had two hits.

"Grant is looking real strong on the left side of the infield," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He generates some bat speed. He leverages the ball well. Grant hit the ball hard today. I don't know if he'll ever hit 20 home runs but he can drive the ball at times."

The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians' fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.

"Trevor didn't command. He's throwing the ball real well." Indians' manager Terry Francona said. "He's not locating the ball and working from behind. It's not always going to be easy. Nobody is going to remotely give up. We still think there is a good major league pitcher in there. We are going to have to keep fighting and we'll fight with him. We'll figure it out."

Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2-3 innings.

Michael Bourn made a running catch of Green's long drive to straightaway center field with the bases loaded to save Salazar from being charged with more runs.

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Indians: Salazar worked three innings in a minor league game on Friday. Salazar, who started last season with Akron in Double-A, was supposed to pitch three innings Monday but left with the bases loaded and two outs in the second.

"It was a little bit different seeing batters from a different team," said Salazar, who has been brought along slowly this spring. "I was a little wild but I felt strong. I've been on a program to build for the season."

The 24-year old, who can throw his fastball at 100 mph, looked fine to Francona.

"I thought the ball came out of his hand really well. He was free and easy. There is a lot to build on," Francona said.

Angels: Jared Weaver is making his third start of the spring. He pitched four innings in his last start last Wednesday against the Giants. Weaver threw 72 pitches through four inning but went out for one out in the fifth to "see what it felt like." The 4 1-3 innings was his longest outing to date.

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