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MLB roundup: Angels owner says Scioscia will be back as manager in 2013

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Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto will return next season, team owner Arte Moreno said Saturday.

"Regardless of what happens the next 11 games, Mike Scioscia will 100 percent return," Moreno told MLB.com. "I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back. He's been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period.

"... Jerry Dipoto will be back. "I think we're learning a lot about ourselves, but (Dipoto) will be back."

Scioscia signed a 10-year contract before the 2009 season and Dipoto was hired to replace Tony Reagins last season.

However, the Angels are 2 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot entering Sunday after Moreno significantly upgraded the roster this season. He spent $315 million on two free agents, first baseman Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson. The Angels also have had a MVP candidate in rookie outfielder Mike Trout.

Before Saturday, multiple media reports had described the relationship between Scioscia and Dipoto as strained with Moreno reportedly unhappy with the results delivered by both men.

--The Oakland Athletics called up right-handed reliever Jeremy Accardo from Class AAA Sacramento, the team announced Sunday.

The move expanded the A's roster to 35 players for the final week of the season. To make room on the 40-man roster, third baseman Brandon Inge was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

---Despite reports that he might not pitch again this season because of a hip injury, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to start in Sunday night's game against the Reds.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly initially had named Aaron Harang to start Sunday's game in Kershaw's place, but Kershaw is now expected to pitch after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday and going through his normal routine on Saturday.

Kershaw is 12-9 with a 2.70 earned-run average but he has not pitched since Sept. 11 because of the impingement in his hip.

---San Francisco Giants right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum was scratched from his start Sunday, hours after the team clinched its second National League West title in three years.

Lincecum, who has struggled through a 10-14 season with a 4.91 ERA, will be replaced on the month by rookie Yusmeiro Petit.

It will be Petit's first major-league start since 2009 when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Petit had a 3.46 ERA for Class AAA Fresno this season.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the move was part of giving his regulars two days off.
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