GLENDALE, Ariz. – Playing their regulars for the second straight day, the Los Angeles Angels showed there is more to their loaded lineup than Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
Chris Iannetta and Alberto Callaspo homered off White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, and Mark Trumbo drove in two runs with a double to help the Angels beat the Sox, 11-5, on Monday.
Pujols and Hamilton each singled twice. Every starter had at least one hit for the Angels, who finished with 18.
Floyd, the No. 3 starter for the Sox, allowed six runs and 10 hits over the first three innings before getting on track and pitching four scoreless frames. The right-hander was charged with seven runs and 13 hits in all over seven-plus innings. He struck out six and walked one.
The Sox played without right fielder Alex Rios, who went for a precautionary MRI on his lower back after missing a third straight game with stiffness. Sox manager Robin Ventura was cautiously optimistic that Rios would play Wednesday against the Indians, the Sox’s final game in Arizona before exhibition games against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday.
“It’s going to take a few days. I’m going to have to wait it out,” Rios said. “It will be fine. I’ve had this before in my career. It’s just a normal [stiffness].”
The Sox lost their third straight and have won once in eight games, including a tie in that span. Ventura said he wants to see more energy in these last days of spring training.
Sox reliever Jesse Crain, testing a right adductor strain, pitched for the second time this spring. Crain started the ninth inning but managed only two outs and was charged with four runs.
Despite the results, he said he felt good and was hopeful he will make the Opening Day roster. Crain expects to pitch again Wednesday.
“If it goes like today as in health-wise, then I’m not worried about a thing,” Crain said. “It’s all going to come pitch-wise and crispness. I think my velocity was decent and I even feel like I’ll have a little more in the tank the next couple of times out.”
Note: Tyler Flowers was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and Adam Dunn went 0 for 3 with two Ks for the Sox. Paul Konerko was 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
... Konerko will likely extend his franchise record by making his 13th consecutive opening-day start at first base Monday when Chicago hosts Kansas City.