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Bell bouncing back and forth

CV High graduate recalled to Angels on Tuesday just to be sent back down to triple-A on Wednesday.

August 19, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) relief pitcher, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: It's hard to predict where Bell will be from one day to the next.

The former Falcon was recalled from the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels' triple-A affiliate, on Tuesday and pitched against the Texas Rangers before being sent back down to the Bees Wednesday. He was pretty sharp against the powerful Rangers lineup.

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Bell was called on out of the bullpen with his team down, 5-0, in the third inning and runners on first and second with no outs. He induced a double-play ground ball from Yorvit Torrealba before striking out Endy Chavez to end the inning.

Since the Angels had burned through most of its bullpen Monday, Bell was marched back out in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings in what turned out to be his longest appearance in the majors this year. He coasted through the fourth, but ran into trouble in the next three innings.

Bell gave up three singles and a run in the fifth inning and surrendered two more singles and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. He got a groundout to start the seventh inning before being pulled from the game, which the Angels lost, 7-3.

Bell ended up giving up six hits and two runs, along with three strikeouts, in 4 1/3 innings of work. The outing brought his earned-run average to 3.38. He's given up 36 hits 10 walks and struck out 16 batters in 29 1/3 innings with the Angels. Bell began the year in triple A, was brought up and sent back down before Tuesday.

After dropping three of four games to the Rangers, the Angels entered a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at 66-59. The Angels have some ground to make up, as they were six games behind the first-place Rangers in the American League West Division.

Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: No pitcher wants to be paired off against Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but that's the exact assignment Estrada had Thursday.

Estrada was making his second start in place of the Brewers' injured Chris Narveson and hung with Kershaw, a Cy Young candidate. The former Vaquero picked up the loss, but still put his team in a position to win. He gave up just three hits and one run, which came off a Rod Barajas homer, in five innings. He would have liked to pitch deeper in the game, though.

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