Rain-soaked notes from Sunday

March, 18, 2012
3/18/12
4:42
PM PT
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A little while before the skies opened up over the desert and prematurely ended Sunday's Cactus League game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, a 1-1, 5 1/2-inning tie before 13,648 at Camelback Ranch, Albert Pujols grabbed his stuff and headed up the leftfield line after the top of the fourth inning, his prescribed two at-bats already in the books.
On his way past the Dodgers dugout, though, the celebrated Angels first baseman stopped and chatted for about 45 seconds with Don Mattingly.
``I have kind of gotten to know Albert the last couple of years,'' the Dodgers manager said.
Mattingly, who lives in Evansville, Ind., and Pujols, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., each are heavily involved in charities. Mattingly is affiliated with Youth First, an Evansville-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youths and families. Pujols and his wife head up the Pujols Family Foundation, which seeks to help those affected by Down syndrome.
Mattingly buys a table at one of the Pujols Foundation annual fundraising events in St. Louis, and Pujols reciprocates for Youth First.
``We have gotten a chance to talk over the last few years,'' Mattingly said. ``I met his family, met his wife. He is just a great guy. ... Albert is a genuine guy. What he seems to be is what he is. He does a lot of work and puts in a lot of time (with the foundation).''

The Angels' Dan Haren got credit for a rare Cactus League complete game after pitching four perfect innings against a Dodgers lineup that didn't include Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera or James Loney. Haren then gave up the tying run in the fifth when Adam Kennedy led off with a double and scored on Juan Uribe's single, and the game was called immediately after the top of the sixth. Haren came in having pitched five shutout innings and allowed one hit in two previous starts this spring.

Chris Capuano, who figures to be slotted fifth in the Dodgers rotation this season, made his third Cactus League start and limited the Angels to two hits over four innings, retiring the final 11 batters he faced after Mark Trumbo gave the Angels an early lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first.

After the game, the Dodgers (8-4-4) added four cuts to the four they made in the morning. The afternoon casualties all were non-roster players: catchers Gorman Erickson and Matt Wallach, infielder Lance Zawadzki and first baseman Jeff Baisley. ... Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his third Cactus League start, throwing about 80 pitches, against the Cleveland Indians on Monday in Goodyear, but there is more rain and unseasonably cool weather in the forecast.

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Dee Gordon
BA HR RBI R
.375 1 6 6
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 5
RBIA. Gonzalez 17
RA. Gonzalez 13
OPSA. Gonzalez .946
WD. Haren 3
ERAH. Ryu 1.93
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