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Oakland Hands Angels Rare Spring Loss

FINAL IN TEMPE: Angels 1, Athletics 8

It seems the only trouble the Angels are having in Spring Training games is with the one team that they better be able to handle in the regular season.

Jered Weaver paid for his early rust, settled down and then reached his pitch limit before he could get out of third inning trouble. Matt Willlhite was useless and Justin Speier had a flyball happy appearance, one of which went over the wall. Kevin Jepsen kept the bullpen roster open by giving up a run in the 7th and Rich Thompson made the one hundredth forgettable appearance of his Angels career in the 9th.

Mike Napoli had a solo homerun and Kendry went 3 for 3. Other than a Figgins single, that was the offense for today. The pitching highlight was prospect Will Smith's Spring Training debut, pitching a scoreless 6th.

That familiar refrain "Hope Weaver figures it out soon" returns like a pop melody stuck in the head of Angel fans everywhere.