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ADE-ROCK: Nick Adenhart Crowds Pitching Picture

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Angels pitching prospect Nick Adenhart, baptized with an official Halos Heaven nickname in the pregame preview (King Ade-Rock), showed the poise and command of a major league starter, albeit against the presumed major-league worst San Francisco Giants whose lineup was a cross between aching veterans and unproven mallrats.

In 6 shutout innings, Adenhart struck out 6 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks. Consistent with scouting reports, he allowed 3 baserunners to steal. None of them scored.

At the start of Spring Training, King Ade-Rock was 8th on the Starting Pitching Depth Chart, but with injuries to John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar, he moved within striking distance of the major league mound. With an iffy bullpen situation, the Angels' default #7 Starter, Dustin Moseley, might be more valuable to the club as the long reliever, clearing the succession line for the King to wear his crown as the 5th starter, perhaps greeting the Los Angeles of Anaheim faithful in the top of the first inning at the home opener two weeks from tomorrow.