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Hanson on track after solid intra-squad start

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tommy Hanson passed an important tuneup on Monday night, getting through a six-inning, 88-pitch intra-squad game that has him certain he'll have enough stamina under his belt for the start of the regular season.

"I'll be ready," said Hanson, the Angels' projected No. 5 starter.

Hanson gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits, but he walked none, struck out nine, threw 60 of his 88 pitches for strikes, featured a good curveball and was sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball.

The 26-year-old right-hander has one spring start left, then lines up to start at Rangers Ballpark on April 6.

"I felt better toward the end, once my pitch count got up," Hanson said. "That's a positive. It's just getting out there and pitching and getting more comfortable. I felt a lot more comfortable there at the end, and I feel like I'm on the right track."

Hanson's last start ended after three innings because he felt some tightness in his right triceps while warming up for the start of the fourth. The pain went away quickly, though, and Hanson said he "didn't feel it again."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and 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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