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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Hamilton doubled off the top wall, a call upheld by video review, and Raul Ibanez homered Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for an 8-4 victory over a Chicago Cubs‘ split-squad.
Hamilton, who hit a career-worst .250 last season, is batting .417 in spring training.
Hamilton’s third-inning double was a few inches shy of becoming his second home run of the spring. The ball appeared to hit near the top of the center field fence and umpires used video to review the play. But the original ruling stood - double.
Cubs left fielder Junior Lake hit his fourth home run in three days, off Matt Shoemaker in the fifth inning.
Mike Trout went 1 for 2 and Albert Pujols had a sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles closer Ernesto Frieri worked a perfect 1-2-3 third inning. In eight innings pitched this spring, Frieri has yielded no runs and two hits.
Angels: Brandon Lyon had his worst outing of the spring, allowing two earned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. After working a 1-2-3 first inning, Lyon sputtered in the second. In seven previous spring appearances Lyon, a non-roster invitee battling to make the active roster, had given up two earned runs on five hits.
Cubs: Tsuyoshi Wada, cut on Sunday and signed to a minor league contract on Monday, pitched four solid innings. He gave up two earned runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out four.
Angels: Reliever Sean Burnett, rehabbing from left forearm surgery in August, completed a bullpen session Tuesday, but Scioscia said the 31-year-old is not yet 100 percent.
“Don’t think he got to be where he felt he was turning the ball loose like he needs to,” he said.”
Burnett has not thrown a pitch during a Cactus League game this spring and will begin the season on the disabled list.
Angels third baseman David Freese, penciled in as the cleanup hitter for Tuesday’s game, was a late scratch because of stiffness in quadriceps. Manager Mike Scioscia said Freese could have played but the team was being extra cautious.
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