- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant homered twice, once with funnyman Will Ferrell in center field for the Angels, and Jorge Soler also connected in Chicago’s 10-9 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday.

Ferrell replaced Mike Trout, who had three hits, in the outfield for the third inning. The “Anchorman” star had a good view of Bryant’s long drive to left-center. Bryant also homered in the sixth.

Ferrell made a nice play in center, cleanly scooping up Welington Castillo’s single and throwing to the cutoff man near second base.

Soler hit his second home run of training camp in the fourth and was greeted by Ferrell, who was coaching third base for the Cubs. Ferrell had changed uniforms between innings, part of his attempt to play for 10 teams in five games Thursday for a TV special.

Ferrell played first base and struck out for the Cubs.

C.J. Cron hit his second spring homer for the Angels and Drew Butera his first, a three-run shot in a five-run fifth inning.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel gave up five hits and three runs with two walks and two strikeouts in his second spring start.


Cubs: Hammel went 8-5 with a 2.98 in 17 starts with the Cubs in 2014 before he was dealt to Oakland. He was a combined 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA in 30 games, 29 starts.

Hammel wasn’t happy with his performance but said having Ferrell at the ballpark helped him.

“It’s hard to be (ticked) off at myself (when) we have Will Ferrell running around out there,” Hammel said. “Nothing was crisp. My breaking ball is not sharp now … Getting my pitch count up was what it was about (today).”

In his first outing, Hamel allowed four hits and three runs in two innings on March 7.

Angels: No. 2 prospect Sean Newcomb got only two outs in his first spring start, allowing three hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout. Manager Mike Scioscia said Newcombe looked better than his line showed.

“They got four broken-bat base hits off him,” Scioscia said.

Newcombe was the Angels’ first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.


Cubs: Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada faces the Indians in Mesa. Right-hander Jake Arrieta will make his second spring appearance vs. Oakland in Las Vegas.

Angels: Matt Shoemaker will make his second Cactus League start against San Diego at Tempe Friday. Shoemaker broke through with a 16-4 record and a 2.94 ERA in 2014 with the Angels. He allowed two runs in three innings in his first spring outing.


Angels: Outfielder Matt Joyce was a late scratch from Thursday’s game after he pulled a hamstring. Joyce was set to hit cleanup against the Cubs.

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