- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PEORIA, ARIZ. (AP) - John Lackey isn’t letting his contract situation become a distraction this spring. The Los Angeles Angels’ right-hander is keeping his focus on the field.

Lackey handled San Diego without much trouble, giving up one run on three hits over five innings in a 12-7 win over the Padres on Tuesday.

The Angels’ likely opening day starter threw just 50 pitches in the game before going to the bullpen to get in some extra work.

Robb Quinlan and Brad Coon both homered, Chris Petit went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Gary Matthews Jr. had two hits and three RBIs while helping the Angels to their Cactus League-leading 14th win.

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