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Escobar, Angels blank Royals; Bell to have medical tests

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Creeping closer to Oakland in the AL West was no longer uppermost on the mind of Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Just after Kelvim Escobar and two relievers led Los Angeles over the Kansas City Royals 3-0 Wednesday night, Scioscia learned that Royals manager Buddy Bell was taking a medical leave. The Royals announced in the top of the ninth that doctors had detected a growth near their manager's left tonsil.

"Is he really? Oh, man," Scioscia said.

He was handed the brief news release and read it hurriedly.

"I'll call him," Scioscia said.

Bell will seek a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona on Thursday and be replaced by bench coach Billy Doran.

"It's just something they found and I've got to take care of it," said Bell, who managed the entire game. "This is tough for me to leave at this point. But it's something I've to do and it's life and you deal with it."

Orlando Cabrera drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which remained 6½ games back of AL West-leading Oakland with 10 games remaining. The Angels won for the 12th time in 17 games and next play Friday at Oakland -- one of seven games that remain against the Athletics.

"This is it," said Escobar (11-13), who allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one. "We have to make a statement. We have to win. That's the team we're chasing, and we have an opportunity to get close to them."

Scot Shields pitched a hitless eighth, stranding a runner at third when Mike Sweeney grounded out.

Francisco Rodriguez finished the five-hitter for his major league-leading 44th save in 48 chances. Kansas City loaded the bases when Ryan Shealy reached on a wild pitch as he struck out leading off, Angel Berroa walked with one out and Paul Bako singled. But Jeff Keppinger fouled out and Joey Gathright struck out.

Odalis Perez (2-4) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.

After three games at Oakland, the Angels close out their regular season at home with three against Texas and four against the A's.

"We need to continue winning," Scioscia said. "That's the bottom line. There's no sense to worry about where we're playing or who we're playing. We need to win."

Kansas City (58-94), already assured of its third straight last-place finish in the AL Central, must win five of its last 10 games to avoid its fourth 100-loss season in five years. The Royals were shut out for the 11th time, second in the AL behind Minnesota's 13.

Royals left fielder David DeJesus left in the fifth inning after injuring his right thumb. He was hurt sliding into second with a double in the third inning.

Cabrera hit an RBI double in the third, then had a two-run double in the ninth off Joe Nelson.

Angels center fielder Chone Figgins made an outstanding catch of Emil Brown's drive into deep right-center with one out and none on in the eighth, preventing an extra-base hit

"There's no room for anything but good baseball," Scioscia said. "That's what we need to bring every day. We've just got to win."

Then as everyone filed out and left him alone in his office, he picked up the news release and read it again.

Notes

  • The Angels improved to 246-246 against the Royals.
  • SS Maicer Izturis was held out of the Angels lineup with stiffness in a hamstring. Scioscia said he was trying to get him back to full strength for the series at Oakland.
  • The Royals have signed a two-year player development contract with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, making the Blue Rocks their new Class-A advanced affiliate. The Blue Rocks were the Royals' Class-A advanced affiliate from 1993-2004.
  • Figgins was thrown out trying to swipe second base in the fifth, the 16th time in 64 chances he was caught stealing.
 
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Buddy Bell will head to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona to have a growth in his throat examined.  (AP)
Buddy Bell will head to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona to have a growth in his throat examined. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

K. Escobar
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Orlando Cabrera, SS4023001 .281
Howie Kendrick, 1B4000011 .270
    Darin Erstad, 1B1000011 .221
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4010011 .326
Juan Rivera, RF3010100 .296
Robb Quinlan, 3B2010102 .321
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH-3B1000002 .290
Garret Anderson, LF4120012 .280
Jose Molina, C4000003 .247
Adam Kennedy, 2B4110001 .272
Chone Figgins, CF2110111 .261
Totals333933515 
a-flied out for Quinlan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (43, Nelson), Juan Rivera (24, O. Perez), Robb Quinlan (11, O. Perez), Garret Anderson (28, Sisco), Adam Kennedy (25, O. Perez)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (11)
SH - Chone Figgins (5)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 3 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (22)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (26, 3rd base off Dohmann/Bako)
CS - Chone Figgins (16, 2nd base by O. Perez/Bako)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jose Molina (8, )
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar (W,11-13) 7400150 3.40
Scot Shields (H,31) 1000110 3.04
Francisco Rodriguez (S,44) 1100130 1.73
WP - Scot Shields (8), Francisco Rodriguez (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 105-64, Scot Shields 17-10, Francisco Rodriguez 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 10-6, Scot Shields 1-1
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 26, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF2010000 .291
    Emil Brown, LF2000001 .291
Esteban German, 2B2010201 .342
Mike Sweeney, DH4000014 .250
Ryan Shealy, 1B4000021 .289
Shane Costa, RF4000021 .276
Angel Berroa, SS3010110 .233
Paul Bako, C4010011 .213
    Paul Phillips, PR0000000 .281
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4010003 .160
Joey Gathright, CF3000023 .232
Totals320503915 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (33, Escobar), Esteban German (17, Escobar)
SH - Joey Gathright (9)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
Odalis Perez (L,6-8) 7611130 6.06
Scott Dohmann 0.2100110 6.45
Andrew Sisco 1111000 7.44
Joe Nelson 0.1111110 4.19
WP - Scott Dohmann (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 103-66, Scott Dohmann 16-8, Andrew Sisco 18-11, Joe Nelson 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 8-9, Andrew Sisco 1-2
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 27, Scott Dohmann 4, Andrew Sisco 4, Joe Nelson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8947
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom