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Angels' Escobar, Maldonado hit 1st HRs

March 28, 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yunel Escobar and Martin Maldonado hit their first home runs of the spring as the Angels beat the A's, 14-3, in the penultimate Cactus League game for both squads Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Escobar crushed a two-run shot off Liam Hendriks to power a five-run outburst in

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yunel Escobar and Martin Maldonado hit their first home runs of the spring as the Angels beat the A's, 14-3, in the penultimate Cactus League game for both squads Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Escobar crushed a two-run shot off Liam Hendriks to power a five-run outburst in the fifth. The Angels also scored five runs in the sixth, highlighted by Maldonado's three-run homer off Grant Holmes.
Maldonado finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Jose Pujols and Nolan Fontana drove in one run apiece for the Halos, while Ben Revere added two doubles, including a two-run shot in the eighth. The Angels connected for five doubles in the game, including shots by Pujols, Cameron Maybin and Sherman Johnson.

Jaff Decker, who is battling for Oakland's fifth outfield spot, went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. The A's were held scoreless until Brett Vertigan got them on the board with an RBI single in the ninth.

A's starter Logan Shore, the club's 2016 second-round Draft pick, allowed one run on two hits while striking out three and walking one over four innings. The 22-year-old right-hander blanked the Angels through the first three innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Kole Calhoun in the fourth. Calhoun advanced to third on a single by Pujols and scored when Pujols was caught attempting to steal second base.
Shore part of next wave of A's big leaguers
"I know it's Spring Training," Shore said, "but that's kind of something you always dream of, is getting a start there in a big league game, especially to face that lineup with some of the best guys in baseball."

Right-hander Bud Norris bolstered his case to make the Angels' bullpen by striking out five over two scoreless innings in his seventh appearance of the spring. Norris, who lowered his spring ERA to 2.92, said he has not yet been told whether he's made the team.
"They haven't said much," Norris said. "They're keeping it pretty close to the chest, so we'll see what happens." 

Athletics Up Next: The A's will close out play in the desert with a road matchup against the Cubs at Sloan Park on Wednesday, before returning to Oakland for the Bay Bridge Series. It will be right-hander Kendall Graveman's final tuneup before his first career Opening Day start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.
Angels Up Next: Right-hander Matthew Shoemaker, who is currently lined up to pitch on Opening Day, will start the Angels' final Cactus League game against the Brewers on Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT and will be live on MLB.TV.
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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.