Even with a day off on the road to cherish after playing five games in the past seven days, the Ducks' Cam Fowler still sought out some form of competition on Sunday.
Fowler traded his stick for a bat and began to display the form that made him a starter as a 10th-grader at Pioneer High in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a group of Angels players watched at the team's spring training complex.
Nick Bonino also took some cuts in the batting cage but the center was no match for his teammate. But then Fowler wasn't exactly standing in against Jered Weaver.
"I did OK," Fowler said. "I was a little rusty not swinging the bat for a while. I had fun. Had a coach and some players helping me.
"We had a little friendly competition going between me and Bones. I kind of felt back to normal once I got a few swings in there."
In fact, Fowler could have swung at a few pitches from the ace of the Angels if he pushed for it. Watching them zoom past the plate was good enough.
"We just stood in front of him to see what it looks like," he said. "Nobody even dared try to hit it. That would make us look stupid."
Members of the Ducks joined up with their baseball neighbors to enjoy a rare respite from a condensed lockout-shortened schedule that will leave little time for such endeavors.
Goaltender Viktor Fasth judged the hitting competition that Fowler easily won while the coaching staff and front office personnel presented Angels manager Mike Scioscia with an alternate black and orange Ducks sweater.
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