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Friday, March 4, 2005; Page D11

Vladimir Guerrero -- last season's AL most valuable player -- hit a two-run double off Armando Benitez in the third inning, but the Giants scored two runs in the ninth to beat the rechristened Angels, 9-8.

The Angels played their first game since their controversial change back to the franchise's original name. The club was known as the Los Angeles Angels from 1961 to '65, but became the California Angels before changing to the Anaheim Angels in 1997. The team, which is involved in a lawsuit with the city of Anaheim over its moniker, is trying to make the switch to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.



The Athletics agreed to one-year contracts with shortstop Bobby Crosby, the AL rookie of the year, and right-hander Rich Harden, their number two starter. . . .

The Mariners signed right-hander Jorge Campillo. He takes the roster place of left-hander Travis Blackley, who had surgery in February to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.

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The Giants have no such identity crisis, and their revamped lineup fared well despite the absence of Barry Bonds, who stayed in Scottsdale, Ariz., to rehab his knee. . . .

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer and five Chicago pitchers held Oakland to four hits, leading the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Athletics. Dan Haren, who's expected to join Oakland's rotation after arriving from St. Louis, pitched two scoreless innings in his A's debut. . . . Ryan Franklin, trying to make the Mariners' rotation, pitched two scoreless innings in a 5-4 victory over San Diego.

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