Wilson was charged with four runs, two earned, and six hits in five-plus innings. The left-hander, who had a career-high 17 wins last season, struck out seven.
Left-hander Roenis Elias, considered a dark horse to make Seattle's rotation out of spring training, made his first start and fourth appearance. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings.
Elias went 6-11 with a 3.18 ERA with Double-A Jackson in 2013.
Trout's shot to straightaway center off Juan Nicasio in the fifth was his second home run of the spring. The 2012 AL Rookie of the Year finished 1 for 3 with a stolen base and is batting. 433.
Carlos Gonzalez wrapped a two-run homer around the right field foul pole off Weaver in the first.
Weaver allowed three runs on nine hits, including an RBI single by Nicasio, with two walks and two strikeouts. The right-hander was lifted after Ryan Wheeler's leadoff single in the sixth.
Making his third spring training start, Lewis didn't fool anyone. Staked to a 2-0 lead, Coco Crisp lined a hard single to center, and John Jaso walked. After a fly out, Josh Donaldson lined out 400 feet to deep center to score a run. Brandon Moss then killed a 2-0 pitch to right-center field, a screaming liner that seemed to be still rising as it smashed off the advertising signs above the fence. On the next pitch, Josh Reddick hit one onto the practice diamond beyond the right-field fence. Lewis didn't even look.
The second inning wasn't much better. A single, walk, hard double down the right-field line and an intentional walk plated another run and loaded the bases. Lewis then hit Donaldson, drawing a bit of a stare from the A's third baseman, ending Lewis' day.
It's just one start in the thin air of Arizona, but it was about as bad as a pitcher could look and probably means Lewis will eventually be ticketed for time in the minors before getting another shot with the Rangers. It also means the Rangers' season-opening rotation could now include Joe Saunders, who had a 5.26 ERA with the Mariners last season (imagine how that will translate to Texas), and Tommy Hanson, coming off a bad, injury-plagued season with the Angels. The Rangers are hoping Matt Harrison will be ready a few weeks into the season, but for now, the Rangers are scrambling to fill slots behind Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and Alexi Ogando.
As a reader named Jon Dogma tweeted to me, "I wonder if Derek Holland's dog knows the damage he's done."
Holland, if you remember, tripped over his dog Wrigley in the offseason, requiring knee surgery that will likely keep him out until at least the All-Star break. He said it could have been worse: "He was running up the stairs and clipped me. I hit my knee on the step, and if it wasn't for me grabbing the rail, I might have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open."
The Rangers aren't the only AL West team with issues in its rotation, however. The A's announced Friday that starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will start the season on the disabled list, Parker with forearm tightness and soreness, Griffin with a muscle strain that will require rest for now, but not surgery.
The A's have Tommy Milone, who won 25 games the past two seasons while in the rotation, and Jesse Chavez, who had a 3.92 ERA in 35 appearances in relief last year but has pitched well while starting this spring, as the likely replacements.
Donaldson said Saturday he hadn't heard the news when he left the ballpark Friday, but preferred to take an optimistic view for now. "It’s one of those things that could end up being a blessing in disguise. Give them a little bit of rest and they’ll be ready when we need them the most at the end of the season," he said.
The A's are already minus Bartolo Colon, their top winner from 2013, who signed with the Mets as a free agent. Sonny Gray, with just 10 career regular-season starts, became the de facto No. 1, followed by Scott Kazmir and Dan Straily.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have seen Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker go down with a finger injury and shoulder tightness, respectively. Neither has pitched this spring, leaving guys such as Scott Baker, Randy Wolf (who has allowed four home runs in nine innings) and Blake Beavan in the rotation mix behind Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez and rookie James Paxton.
Then there are the Angels and Astros, who ranked 23rd and 25th, respectively, in starting pitcher WAR last season, per FanGraphs. The Angels' rotation projects as Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards and offseason acquisitions Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, with veteran Joe Blanton (2-14, 6.04 ERA) the No. 6 starter Angels fans would rather not see. The Astros' projected rotation includes free agent Scott Feldman alongside some combo of Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, Lucas Harrell, Dallas Keuchel and Jerome Williams, which could be mildly interesting if the young guys develop -- although hardly reminiscent of Mike Scott, Nolan Ryan and Bob Knepper.
None of the guys injured in spring may miss a lot of time, but they are going to miss some time. Rotation depth already looks as though it's going to play a key factor in the AL West race, so pay attention to how those Nos. 6, 7 and 8 starters are performing these final two-plus weeks of spring training.
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Eric Stults had his best outing of spring training, allowing one run over five innings, and Nick Hundley homered in the San Diego Padres' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Stults allowed three hits and struck out four.
Stults has proven to be a solid pickup for the Padres after he was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox during 2012. He posted an 8-3 record and a 2.92 ERA in 18 games with the Padres in 2012 and went 11-13 with a 3.93 ERA in 2013.
Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs made his third spring start and allowed three runs and eight hits with four strikeouts.
Hundley hit his second homer of the spring off Skaggs in the second, a solo shot.
Hundley and Ryan Jackson had RBI singles in the fourth off Skaggs.
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Quintana gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in three innings, and his exhibition ERA climbed to 16.50. He was 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA last season.
Angels starter Garrett Richards bounced back from a rough outing and allowed seven hits but only two runs over 4 2/3 innings in his third spring start.
Blake Tekotte hit his first spring homer for the White Sox. Micah Johnson drove in three runs for Chicago with two hits.
Skaggs was one of the Diamondbacks' top prospects last spring, but he pitched poorly and didn't even make Arizona's roster out of spring training. He did get called up in late May and ultimately made seven starts, finishing with a disappointing 2-3 record and a 5.12 ERA.
He is determined to get back on track with the Angels and says one small but crucial difference he has made is lengthening his stride during his delivery.
"For me, it's noticeable because I'm the one doing it. For me, it feels drastic. I like it. I feel like I'm getting over the ball and throwing harder."
And that means he's back throwing in the 90s. "Last year was like 86, 87. Not the greatest," Skaggs said. "I don’t know what the last game was, but it definitely feels better than 86, 87. It makes every pitch a lot better. You feel like you're throwing the ball downhill more."
"His velocity has been really good, and his ability to repeat a delivery has progressed as the spring has gone along," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "During his bullpens and as he started to throw BP, he was just trying to find himself. But his last couple outings on the mound, he's thrown some bullets."
Skaggs, 22, allowed five baserunners and two runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first start this spring but held the Reds to one hit and no runs while striking out three in his last outing on Sunday.
Unlike what happened last year, the lefty has a good chance at cracking the Angels' rotation when the season opens. He said losing the fight for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation last spring has changed his approach this year. "Once you lose a fist fight, that's pretty much the worst feeling there is," he said.
"Once you've lost out on a fifth-rotation spot, you come in with a different mindset," he said. "Especially last year, which was a disaster in spring training. I think I walked like 15 to 20 guys. I still had two walks last time, but they were tough at-bats [against Joey Votto] and not four-pitch walks. I think it's really helped me coming into this year with no expectations. Just come in and getting work in and staying healthy.
"It's a great situation for my career. I just have to come in here and capitalize on my opportunities."
Garza's rough spring continued as he allowed 10 runs, six earned, and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings.
The Brewers committed two errors in an eight-run Angels' second.
Garza reportedly rejected more money from the Angels to sign a four-year $50 million contract with Milwaukee. His spring ERA is 19.06 after three starts.
Los Angeles starter Hector Santiago continued his solid spring. He allowed five hits and two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts in his third spring outing.
Santiago went 4-7 with a 3.56 ERA with the Chicago White Sox in 2013.
He came to the Angels in a three-way deal that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joe Blanton allowed one infield single over five scoreless innings and Collin Cowgill hit a three-run homer and a Los Angeles Angels split-squad beat the Texas Rangers 12-1 Wednesday.
Cowgill homered on a 0-2 Alexi Ogando fastball in a five-run second when the Angels batted around.
John McDonald drove in three runs with a double in the second and a single in the fifth.
Jim Adduci doubled home the only Texas run in the seventh.
Los Angeles starter C .J. Wilson allowed four hits and one unearned run with four strikeouts over five innings. It was his third start.
Wilson, 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 2013, was coming off a start in which he pitched four scoreless innings against the Dodgers.
Scott Baker, trying to make the Seattle rotation, had his toughest outing in three spring starts. He allowed five runs -- two earned -- on five hits over three innings.
Cano was 1 for 2 and is hitting .588 for his new team. He also walked. Cano fought off a two-strike pitch from Wilson in the first and hit a soft line single to left.
Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.
Grant Green, competing for a job as the Angels' utility infielder, had two hits.
The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians' fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.
Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Michael Bourn made a running catch of Green's long drive to straightaway center field with the bases loaded to save Salazar from being charged with more runs.
We've once again asked three of our top baseball analysts -- Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney -- to rank all 30 teams across five different categories (see table) in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years. When we last did these rankings, in August, the two teams who went on to meet in the World Series occupied the top two slots.
The better your rank in a given category, the more points you get, and the average point scores from the three voters are available in the bar graphs accompanying each team's section, rounded to the nearest integer. We weighted the categories and then gave each team a score on a scale of 1 to 100, with the score representing a team's percentage of total possible points. (For a detailed breakdown of the methodology used for the Future Power Rankings, click here.)
With each team's ranking, you'll also get a take from Buster, Jim and Keith. Buster will give an overview of the franchise's future, Jim will explain the biggest dilemma currently facing the team and Keith highlights a prospect facing a make-or-break season.
So who's No. 1? Which team did our team of experts think is best equipped for success over the next half-decade? It's time to find out.
AL EAST FPR RANK: 1
The bar graphs reflect the average points given by the voters for each category.
A year ago, even coming off of their disastrous 2012 season, the Red Sox came in 10th in these rankings, and then second in our August update, so it's not like they fell off the map completely even during a period of struggle. They have one of the best farm systems in baseball as well as incredible financial flexibility, with a little less than $14 million committed for the 2016 season, most of which is owed to face of the franchise Dustin Pedroia, who signed one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball last year. -- Buster Olney
The Red Sox have tremendous depth on the mound and infield, but their long-term outfield picture is unclear beyond rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. They should be fine this year with Shane Victorino in right and Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava once again platooning in left, but they need to find some youth in the outfield corners. -- Jim Bowden
Make-or-break year (Law's top 10 Red Sox prospects)
Brian Johnson was the Red Sox's second first-round pick in 2012, after Deven Marrero, as a low-ceiling, quick-to-the-majors starting pitcher, but he took a liner to the face that August and missed about half of 2013 with a shoulder ailment. He's now 23 years old with no projection and should already have been ready for Triple-A, making a healthy 2014 a critical step for him. -- Keith Law
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Cueto, coming off an injury-plagued season, allowed two hits and struck out two. It was a big improvement over his second spring start, when he gave up six runs and seven hits to Kansas City in 2 2/3 innings.
A 19-game winner in 2012, Cueto struggled with a strained muscle on the right side of his back last year and was sidelined for 2 1/2 months. He finished 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 starts.
Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs also threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
Archie Bradley gave up two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks.
Albert Pujols singled in a run in the Angels' two-run fifth against Matt Stites.
Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings in his second spring start.
In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five. He hasn't permitted an earned run in 6 2/3 innings this spring.
Chicago starter James McDonald worked two scoreless innings.
Angels slugging prospect C.J. Cron, who hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth on Thursday, delivered an RBI single in the eighth.