Hamilton homers off Ryu as Angels beat Dodgers
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Josh Hamilton hit his first home run in an Angels uniform, connecting off Hyun-Jin Ryu in a big-money Los Angeles matchup during the first inning of a 16-8 win over a Dodgers' split squad Friday.
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, left Texas to sign a $125 million, five-year deal with the Angels. After going 0 for 3 against Arizona on Tuesday in his first spring training game, he was 2 for 2 against the Dodgers, adding a third-inning single against Matt Palmer.
Ryu signed a $36 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers, who also paid a $25,737,737 posting fee to South Korea's Hanwha Eagles for his rights.
In his first spring training start for the Dodgers, Ryu gave up two runs and four hits in two innings with three strikeouts and a walk. He walked AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout in the first ahead of Hamilton's homer. Ryu, who has lost about 15 pounds since he reported to spring training, pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Angels starter Jered Weaver, coming off a 20-win season, allowed one run and two hits in two innings. Peter Bourjos fouled out leading off the third, then chased Palmer with a three-run triple in the seven-run inning.
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