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OC Register: Matt Harvey comes out firing in his Angels spring training debut


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    Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo, right, throws to first after forcing out the Rockies’ Mark Reynolds at second base during the second inning of Wednesday’s Cactus League game in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies’ Pat Valaika was safe at first on the fielder’s choice play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello swings and misses to strike out against the Los Angeles Angels and end the top of the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies’ Pat Valaika dives safely back to first base on a pick-off attempt against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo throws to first on a grounder from Colorado Rockies’ Mike Tauchman to end the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story doubles against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Colorado Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies pitcher Jake McGee (51) and catcher Tony Wolters look on as Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello, right, connects for a single, to drive in Angels’ Kevan Smith (44) as he leads off of second base in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher singles as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters and umpire Jeff Nelson look on in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Umpire Mike Winters looks on as Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) tags pinch runner Torii Hunter Jr. on a pick-off attempt at second base in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hunter was safe. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dan Jennings throws against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey in action against the Colorado Rockies in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story in action against the Los Angeles Angels in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey in action against the Colorado Rockies in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson in action against the Los Angeles Angels in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey stretches before throwing against the Colorado Rockies in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies’ Mark Reynolds fouls off a pitch as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy looks on in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases against the Colorado Rockies in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    A countdown clock runs behind as Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, right, gets a signal from catcher Jonathan Lucroy as Colorado Rockies’ Mark Reynolds prepares to bat in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Colorado Rockies second baseman Pat Valaika in action against the Los Angeles Angels in a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels players stand for the national anthem before a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Los Angeles Angels players line up during the national anthem before a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Dogs hang out with their owners in the grass field beyond left field as part of a special dog day at the park, Salt River Fields, during a spring training baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    Mountains are seen in the background beyond the outfield at Salt River Fields during a spring training baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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THE GAME: The Angels extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Angels are  9-3-1 this spring.

PITCHING REPORT: In his first Cactus League game of the spring, right-hander Matt Harvey needed just 44 pitches to get through three innings, allowing one run. “There were definitely some nerves,” Harvey said. “It felt like I was 21 years old again and starting my baseball career in the big leagues.” Harvey’s fastball was around 94-95 mph. Harvey mixed in more curveballs because he said he’s trying to make that pitch a more prominent part of his repertoire. Last year he threw his curve just 5 percent of the time, the lowest percentage of his career. He left one curve up higher than he wanted, and Trevor Story golfed it into the gap for a double, setting up the only run Harvey allowed. Harvey, who missed a few days at the beginning of camp because of a strained glute, said he’s now essentially caught up to the other starters. … Right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander Dan Jennings each worked a scoreless inning. … Right-hander Cam Bedrosian entered with a 2-1 lead gave up two unearned runs.

HITTING REPORT: The Angels took the lead with four runs in the seventh inning, two on a double by Torii Hunter Jr. The Angels have consistently put up runs late in games, when the lineup is full of minor league players. “They’ve been outstanding all spring, across the board,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. … José Rojas had a hit in the four-run rally. Rojas, a Southern California product who isn’t even in big league camp, is 7 for 17 with four extra-base hits when he’s come up from minor league camp. “He’s tearing the cover off the ball,” Ausmus said of the former 36th-round pick. “It seems like every day he comes over he hits at least one ball hard, and sometimes more than one.”

DEFENSE REPORT: Right fielder Cesar Puello made a nice running catch in the gap. … Shortstop David Fletcher went far to his right to get to a ball and then he spun and fired to second for the out. Second baseman Luis Rengifo made a strong pivot to first, but not in time for the double play. … Third baseman Taylor Ward charged a slow roller and had trouble getting a grip on the ball. His throw was wild, for a two-base error that allowed a run. Ward then made a second throwing error on a routine play.

UP NEXT: Angels (RHP Felix Peña) vs. Dodgers (RHP Ross Stripling), Thursday, noon PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium; Angels (RHP Jaime Barría) vs. Royals (RHP Ross Keller), Thursday, noon PT, Surprise Stadium

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