TEMPE, Ariz. – Mike Trout wasted little time in showing off his million-dollar swing.
The 22-year-old superstar hit a grand slam onto a berm by the left-field foul pole and drove in five runs Friday in the Los Angeles Angels’ 15-3 exhibition rout of the Chicago Cubs.
Trout struck out in the first and hit an RBI single that capped a four-run second against Cubs starter Chris Rusin. He hit the grand slam against James McDonald in a nine-run fourth inning.
“I think it was out before he got out of the batter’s box,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
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Trout agreed Wednesday to a $1 million deal, a record for a one-year major-league contract for a player not yet eligible for arbitration who wasn’t coming to the big leagues from Japan or Cuba or wasn’t required to have a larger amount because of the maximum-cut rule.
Jered Weaver allowed one hit in three innings, Darwin Barney’s infield single in the first.
Chris Iannetta homered and drove in three runs for the Angels.
A’s beat Giants
PHOENIX – Derek Norris hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to beat the split-squad San Francisco Giants 7-6.
Brandon Crawford and Hector Sanchez each drove in two runs and top pitching prospect Edwin Escobar threw two perfect innings with a strikeout for the Giants.
Jarrod Parker, in line to be the A’s starter on opening day, lasted a mere 11
3 innings. He allowed six runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter.
Meanwhile, in Scottsdale, Ariz., a San Francisco split squad beat Milwaukee 4-3. Madison Bumgarner of the Giants allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
• Pitcher Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers is expected to miss his next scheduled spring-training start because of a strained right calf.
Greinke was hurt Thursday while throwing a mere four pitches against Arizona. He had been scheduled to start again Tuesday against the Mariners. “As of right now, it doesn’t look like he’s going to make that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.