The Los Angeles Angels Open Cactus League Against Milwaukee Brewers

By Brian Helberg
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Feb 20, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; A general view of Tempe Diablo Stadium during the Los Angeles Angels

Angels’ baseball is back! The Los Angeles Angels will play host to the Milwaukee Brewers in the lift lifter of Cactus League Action. First pitch is set for 12:10 PST from Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ Hector Santiago will be toeing the rubber for the Halos, and veteran Kyle Lohse will be on the hill for the Brew Crew. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports West, and it is available to subscribers around the globe.

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The Los Angeles Angels finished 98-64 in 2014, which was good for the best record in baseball. While the playoffs did not go as planned for the Halos, they enter this season amongst the favorites to win the American League West. The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the best teams in baseball during the first half of last season. Unfortunately, the Brewers crumbled down the stretch, and missed the playoffs and finishing 82-80.

The starting nine for both clubs was released early this morning.

Los Angeles Angels                            Milwaukee Brewers

Kole Calhoun (L) RF                         Scooter Gennett (L) 2B

Mike Trout CF                                    Jean Segura SS

Albert Pujols 1B                                Ryan Braun RF

Matt Joyce (L) LF                             Matt Clark, (L) 1B

David Freese 3B                                Gerardo Parra (L) LF

Erick Aybar (S) SS                             Luis Jimenez 3B

C.J. Cron DH                                       Jason Rogers DH

Chris Iannetta C                                Martin Maldonado C

Josh Rutledge 2B                               Matt Long (L) CF

Angels’ skipper Mike Scioscia has elected to go with many familiar faces in his starting lineup. Alden Gonzalez suggested this morning that there is a good chance the Angels’ lineup card will be identical on opening day when the Angels take on the Mariners in Seattle.

Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke has more of a typical spring training lineup. He has several regulars in the lineup today, but he has mixed in some new faces. Hector Santiago will have a tough test in the opening frame going against accomplished batsmen Scooter Gennett, Jean Segura, and Ryan Braun.

It feels like a lifetime ago the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Angels from the postseason, and that is probably a good thing. This afternoon the Halos take their first steps down the road to redemption. Click through to the next slide to find out what to watch for in today’s ballgame.

Next: Hector Santiago Gets the Ball