Morales shows power vs. White Sox

Morales shows power vs. White Sox

at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 4

Angels at the plate: Reggie Willits singled twice in three at-bats at the top of an Angels lineup missing a few regulars. But it was Kendry Morales who delivered the big drive off White Sox starter Jose Contreras, launching a two-run home run with one out in the second. Brandon Wood hit a solo shot in the fifth.

White Sox at the plate: If Paul Konerko continues on his early torrid pace, he might set a new Cactus League record for batting average. Konerko finished 3-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored and one RBI, leaving him hitting at a .714 clip. Konerko has 10 hits in 14 spring at-bats. A.J. Pierzynski doubled home two with the bases loaded in the first, while Brian Anderson's two hits raised his average to .391. Nick Swisher hit a two-run double in the ninth for tying and winning runs.

Angels on the mound: Ervin Santana lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out three and walked one, getting touched up for both White Sox tallies with two outs in the first.

White Sox on the mound: Contreras turned in his second strong spring start, allowing one eared run on two hits over three innings. Contreras also fanned one and didn't issue a walk.

Cactus League records: Angels 3-2; White Sox 3-4.

Up next: Nick Adenhart gets a chance to bolster his case Wednesday as he gets a start against the Mariners in Peoria. Adenhart had a solid season with Double-A Arkansas last year, and could potentially leapfrog past Triple-A to make his big league debut. His start comes in part as a result of John Lackey's schedule being pushed back a few days due to a sore hamstring.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.