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Hall smacks pair of two-run doubles in Angels' tie

Schugel, Brasier allow three runs apiece; Hamilton 0-for-3 in debut with L.A.

Hall smacks pair of two-run doubles in Angels' tie

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' bigger names stayed back to play the A's at Talking Stick on Tuesday, but it was hard to tell with the way they scored in bunches early at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The other half of Arizona's split squad teed off on Angels pitching prospects A.J. Schugel and Ryan Brasier, scoring three runs each in the first and fourth innings, before the Angels came back late behind Bill Hall in an eventual 7-7 tie.

The game was called after nine full innings.

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Offseason prize Josh Hamilton made his Angels debut, going 0-for-3 with a groundout to shortstop and two flyouts to center field while batting cleanup and playing right field. He saw just three pitches total in his first two plate appearances, but six in his third.

"You get those little jitters, I guess, when you're walking up to the plate, get your first at-bat, first live pitching, that sort of thing," Hamilton said. "But it was a fun day. It's just a different environment, man. I'm excited to be a part of it." 

Hall, fighting for a spot on the Angels' bench, smacked a pair of two-run doubles, including one that tied the game in the eighth.

Shortstop Willie Bloomquist led off the game against Schugel with a double to deep center field, Gerardo Parra followed up with a two-run homer and Brad Snyder added an RBI single four batters later.

The D-backs scored three more runs against Brasier in the top of the fourth, on a solo homer by catcher Rod Barajas -- competing with Wil Nieves for the backup spot -- an RBI single by Bloomquist and a sacrifice fly by Parra, giving him a game-high three RBIs.

The Angels then came back with three runs in the bottom half off Zeke Spruill, on a triple by Mark Trumbo, a sac fly by Vernon Wells and Hall's first two-run double, after Bloomquist extended the inning with a throwing error.

David Holmberg, ranked ninth in the D-backs' system by MLB.com, pitched a clean first inning, striking out one.

With the tie, the Angels are 0-4-1 and have given up 38 runs in 44 innings -- though hardly any of those who have pitched will be on the Opening Day roster.

Up next for the Angels: Lefty Nick Maronde will get the start when the Angels host the Giants at 12:05 p.m. PT on Wednesday, live on MLB.TV. Maronde, who will be stretched out this spring but has an outside shot to make the Opening Day roster as a reliever, gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in his spring debut. Opposing him at Tempe Diablo Stadium will be righty Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Angels on Saturday. Mike Trout was off on Tuesday, so he may play on Wednesday.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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