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Andrelton rejoins Angels' lineup with 2-hit day

Shortstop sidelined by shoulder strain since March 8
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the Angels' lineup Thursday for the first time in nearly a week and collected his first hits of the spring, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a 10-8 split-squad win over the Rockies at Salt River Fields.

Simmons, who had been sidelined since March 8 with a strained left shoulder, played six innings at shortstop and reported no issues afterward. The three-time Gold Glove winner helped turn a pair of double plays with Ian Kinsler, though he missed a chance at a third in the fourth inning, when he dove for a grounder and tried to glove-flip the ball to Kinsler. Simmons' feed was off the mark, allowing a run to score.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the Angels' lineup Thursday for the first time in nearly a week and collected his first hits of the spring, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a 10-8 split-squad win over the Rockies at Salt River Fields.

Simmons, who had been sidelined since March 8 with a strained left shoulder, played six innings at shortstop and reported no issues afterward. The three-time Gold Glove winner helped turn a pair of double plays with Ian Kinsler, though he missed a chance at a third in the fourth inning, when he dove for a grounder and tried to glove-flip the ball to Kinsler. Simmons' feed was off the mark, allowing a run to score.

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"That was one play that I was scared of having to go through, and that went OK," Simmons said. "It didn't even concern me after, so that was good."

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Simmons also snapped his 0-for-9 start to Cactus League play with a single off Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson in the second inning. Simmons drove in Zack Cozart with a double to left field in the fourth.

"A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while," Simmons joked.

Angels Spring Training info

Young makes Cactus League debut
Outfielder Chris Young, slowed by a right calf strain this spring, made his first start for the Angels in their 7-2 loss to the White Sox at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader.

Young played five innings in right field and went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI groundout off Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito. The 34-year-old veteran is projected to be the Angels' fourth outfielder this season.

Video: CWS@LAA: Young bounces an RBI groundout to shortstop

Pitching report
Andrew Heaney started the day game against Colorado and allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. Heaney, who walked one and struck out two, now has a 4.63 ERA in four starts this spring.

Keynan Middleton surrendered a grand slam to DJ LeMahieu in the fourth, though he was charged with only one run over two-thirds of an inning. Rule 5 Draft pick Luke Bard gave up a solo home run to David Dahl over a two-inning appearance. Blake Wood struck out one over a scoreless seventh.

Parker Bridwell started against the White Sox and yielded five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. Bridwell began his outing with two scoreless innings, then unraveled in a four-run third.

"It snowballed," said Bridwell, who has a 9.22 ERA in 13 2/3 innings this spring. "But today I felt great. It's that one inning I've got to clean up and make better pitches, but other than that, I'm happy with what I felt like."

• Relievers Jim Johnson and Noe Ramirez worked a scoreless inning apiece against Chicago.

Power show
The Angels launched five home runs against the Rockies, with Mike Trout, Jefry Marte, Martin Maldonado, Cozart and former top prospect Roberto Baldoquin all going deep.

Video: LAA@COL: Trout goes deep for second spring homer

Baldoquin, whom the Angels signed for nearly $15 million out of Cuba in 2014 and remains in the low Minors, delivered a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to put the Angels ahead, 10-8.

Chris Carter also homered, off Giolito in Tempe, bringing his total for the spring to three. Carter, who is in camp on a Minor League deal, is unlikely to make the team, barring an injury to Luis Valbuena or Albert Pujols.

Video: CWS@LAA: Carter hammers a solo homer to left

Up next
Shohei Ohtani will make his fourth start on the mound Friday as the Angels host the Rockies at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Ohtani has allowed 10 runs over seven innings with 16 strikeouts in his first three outings this spring, including two "B" game starts. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT, and the game can be watched live on MLB.TV. JC Ramirez is scheduled to pitch in a Triple-A game on Friday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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