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MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Jason Grilli is an Angel, but what his role will be in the bullpen is still to be determined.

Manager Mike Scioscia said for now right-hander Joe Smith, who has seven saves in 11 opportunities will be his closer. That is subject to change.

Grilli, who was acquired in a Friday trade with the Pirates, logged 33 saves last season and was named to the National League All-Star team. Grilli, however, failed to duplicate those numbers this year, 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and lost his closer's job with the Royals.

"It's going to take some time to evaluate how the pieces go together," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of his bullpen. "I don't think we're set with middle, setup and closer guys. Right now, when we have a save situation, Joe Smith will be back in there. I think Jason will be one of the guys we'll look to help us hold leads, whether that's sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth. We won't know for a while where that will be."

Grilli worked a spotless eighth inning, striking out one, in his Angels' debut Saturday in the 6-2 triumph over the Royals. He was the losing pitcher Sunday, but the run off him was unearned after second baseman Howie Kendrick committed a fielding error.

"Certainly he's evolved as a pitcher," Scioscia said. "He'll be a good boost for our pen. We're trying to get everything set in our bullpen and this was a unique game where we had to get five innings from the bullpen, but the fact that we saw Jason (Grilli) back there and Joe Smith strong, that lets you bring in Kevin Jepsen earlier."

The Angels continue to look for more ways to upgrade their bullpen.

"It's a welcome change," Grilli said. "I just have to get caught up and get some rest. A change is always unsettling. I've changed my hats before. This is number 10 for me. What is it they say in MLB, 'collect them all?' I've got a third of the league out of the way. Getting a fresh start does help. I know this club wanted me. This club really wanted me. The reception I had was what I wanted."


MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 45-35

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Doubleheader -- Angels (RHP Garrett Richards, 8-2, 2.76 ERA) at White Sox (RHP Hector Noesi, 2-5, 5.07 ERA); Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 8-6, 3.33 ERA) at White Sox (RHP Scott Carroll, 2-4, 4.76 ERA)


--RHP Jered Weaver will still make his scheduled start against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, but now it will be the finale of a doubleheader Tuesday. The Angels were supposed to start the series against Chicago Monday, but the game was postponed. Weaver beat the White Sox on June 6, allowing two runs in six innings, and won in his most recent start June 26 at the Minnesota Twins. He's allowed one earned run in each game of back-to-back starts. Weaver is 8-2 lifetime against the White Sox with a 1.70 ERA.

--RHP Garrett Richards had his scheduled start Monday against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field pushed back a day because the game was postponed by rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader and Richards (8-2, 2.76) will start the first game. Richards, whose 1.84 road ERA is second in the American League, has never faced the White Sox as a starter. He owns a 0-0 record and 7.50 ERA in six relief outings against Chicago.

--LHP Tyler Skaggs will come off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and start the series finale against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Skaggs went on the DL retroactive to June 6.