UP NEXT: Angels (Parker Bridwell) vs. Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), Tuesday, 1 p.m., Tempe Diablo Stadium, Fox Sports West/KLAA (AM 830). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GAME: The Angels began their final week of spring training in Arizona with an 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night in Tempe.PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Osmer Morales got the start, with Tyler Skaggs having taken his turn earlier in the day in an intrasquad game. Morales allowed one hit in 3-1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five. The Angels currently view Morales primarily as starting pitching depth, Manager Mike Scioscia said. Eventually Morales could work his way into a big league bullpen role. … Right-handers Cam Bedrosian and Blake Parker each gave up solo homers in their inning of work. … Right-hander Felix Peña pitched 1-1/3 innings, allowing a homer to Dan Vogelbach. He also struck out three more, giving him 15 strikeouts in nine innings this spring, which would appear to make him a favorite to win a spot on the opening day roster. … Right-hander Justin Anderson is not among the Angels’ top prospects, but he came up from minor league camp to pitch his fifth game of the spring. He has not allowed a run yet.HITTING REPORT: Albert Pujols had three singles, including poking an opposite-field hit at the end of a 10-pitch at-bat in the fourth inning. Pujols spent Sunday getting extra at-bats in a minor league game. He had four hits, including a homer in the minor league game. … Andrelton Simmons also had three hits. He is 6 for 16 since returning from a shoulder injury that cost him a week. … The Angels scored seven runs in the fifth, all charged to pitchers who will not start the season in the majors.DEFENSE REPORT: Right fielder Kole Calhoun threw out a runner at the plate with a one-hop throw. … Simmons, the shortstop, raced far into the outfield to make a catch of a popup.
The New Orleans Saints will hire Dallas Cowboys assistant Sean Payton to his first NFL head coaching job, a team official familiar with the decision said. A formal announcement is expected today. Payton has been a quarterbacks coach for three seasons under Bill Parcells in Dallas. He also held the title of assistant head coach. Before that, he was a New York Giants assistant, a stint that included that team’s NFC Championship in 2000. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary will stay with the 49ers after he was removed from the list of candidates for the Lions’ coaching job. Harper update The wife of Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper will not face a felony battery charge for cutting him with a kitchen knife, a judge ruled. Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp said the judge apparently did not allow the battery charge because Nick and Daniell Harper both claimed the stabbing was accidental. However, Daniell Harper, 31, still faces a criminal recklessness charge. She was released on $5,000 bond Tuesday after spending the weekend in the jail. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Payton will succeed Jim Haslett, whose tenure lasted six years. The Saints were a .500 team during Haslett’s first five seasons combined. Other coaching news Eric Mangini has worked for Parcells and Bill Belichick, learning from two of the greatest coaches in the NFL. The Jets are banking on that pedigree to lead them back into the playoffs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Despite his youth and relative inexperience, the organization hired Mangini as its coach Tuesday. The former Patriots defensive coordinator, who turns 35 on Thursday, becomes the youngest head coach in the league. Terms of the deal weren’t known but it is believed he will get between $2 million and $2.5 million per year over five years. The baby-faced Mangini takes over for Herman Edwards, who left for Kansas City last week. Norv Turner, fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago, moved across San Francisco Bay to become the 49ers’ offensive coordinator. The Patriots promoted linebackers coach Dean Pees to defensive coordinator, replacing Mangini.