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Mike Scioscia Gets Support From GM Jerry Dipoto

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto gave manager Mike Scioscia a vote of confidence after Scioscia's latest decision gone wrong cost the Halos a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

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Starter Zack Greinke was on his way to a complete game shutout when Scioscia pulled the right-hander in favor of closer Ernesto Frieri, who then proceeded to give up two home runs in the Angels' defeat. After fans inevitably clamored for the manager to be fired, Dipoto responded by expressing his support.

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"You have to look at the 162-game season," Dipoto told the LA Times. "There are two weeks left. And two weeks in baseball can be an eternity. We have just 2 ½ games of separation. That can take care of itself in three days. Or two weeks might not be enough. At this point, I won't qualify this season as a disappointment."

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The bloggers over at Halos Heaven are having a field day with this one, and the chatter figures to continue if the Angels fail to capture one of the two Wild Card playoff spots in the American League.

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The Angels will host the American League West-leading Texas Rangers in a three-game series beginning on Tuesday.

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Head over to Halos Heaven for more Angels coverage, or check out Baseball Nation for even more comprehensive MLB coverage.