• In Saturday's split-squad action, Angels outfielder Scott Cousins started the game at home against the Cubs instead of the one in Scottsdale against the Giants. Asked if it had anything to do with Cousins' incident of two years ago with Giants catcher Buster Posey, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "Not at all." Cousins hasn't played against Posey since he ended the catcher's season in a scary, controversial home-plate collision at AT&T Park in San Francisco on May 25, 2011.
• Erick Aybar, getting in games because he's playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, hit second Saturday. But Scioscia said he isn't leaning toward anybody for the No. 2 spot just yet. The Angels skipper is considering Howie Kendrick, Alberto Callaspo and Aybar there, saying, "We might match up for a little bit. If one guy takes off with it and runs, like Torii [Hunter] did last year, then obviously we'll be set one through five."
• Bill Hall started at third base Saturday, but his chances of making the Opening Day roster as a backup infielder may hinge on his ability to play shortstop -- a position he came up playing but hasn't had extended time at since 2006. In anticipation for that, Hall shed about 20 pounds this offseason. And though Scioscia sees him more as a third baseman, second baseman and corner outfielder, he said he'll give the 33-year-old some looks at shortstop this spring.
• Michael Kohn made his first appearance in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, pitching a 1-2-3 inning Saturday and striking out a couple of batters. "He's healthy," Scioscia said. "That ball was coming out hot, and those couple sliders that he threw were impressive."
• Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton will not play Sunday, but are expected to make their spring debuts at some point next week.