If they awarded a game ball for Monday's exhibition opener, it would probably go to Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who looked like the smartest man in Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Dipoto's two marquee free-agent additions shined in a 9-1 Cactus League victory over the Oakland Athletics. Albert Pujols had a run-scoring double in the first inning and a single in the second, and C.J. Wilson threw two scoreless innings.

So did the two players Dipoto acquired in trades. Catcher Chris Iannetta crushed a two-run homer in the third and drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, and left-hander Brad Mills, a candidate for the fifth rotation spot, threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.