TEMPE, Ariz. — Kyle Hendricks gave up fourth-inning home runs to two of the usual suspects — the Angels’ Albert Pujols and Mike Trout — and scuffled through 5 2/3 innings in a 8-8 tie Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits, striking out four and walking two. Hendricks said that “solo home runs won’t beat you,” and said he was frustrated most by walking the next batter, Kole Calhoun. The Cubs’ fifth starter will throw in Sunday’s exhibition finale in Anaheim, but said it won’t be many pitches. The Cubs and Angels will meet in the season opener Monday, too.
When Dexter Fowler left Sunday’s game with a left side injury, Jason Heyward moved to centerfield — and was soon attacked by a swarm of bees. “It was probably, I told him, the cologne he was wearing,” Fowler cracked. Manager Joe Maddon said the bees swarmed on the bullpen chair used by bullpen coach Lester Strode. “I’d love the explanation as to why the bees eventually settled on one chair,” he said.
Outfielder Matt Murton, who was assigned to minor league camp Friday, hit a solo home run in the ninth inning and became the 19th different Cubs player to homer this spring. Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo each hit their third homers of the spring, both in the third inning off the Angels’ Nick Tropeano. The Cubs entered the game with 36 homers, fourth-most in the Cactus League.
Joe for Prez
When Maddon walked into the dugout before the game, a fan screamed to the manager, “Joe Maddon for President!” He looked up and smiled. “You can have that job,” he said.
A’s at Cubs, 3:05 p.m., CSN Chicago, Sonny Gray vs. Jake Arrieta
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