Bell to make spot start Saturday vs. Twins

Bell to make spot start Saturday vs. Twins

BOSTON -- Trevor Bell, assuming he's not needed in an emergency relief role over the next three days, will be the Angels' starting pitcher on Saturday in Minnesota in a 1:10 PT nationally-televised game on FOX, manager Mike Scioscia said on Wednesday.

Bell, who worked three scoreless innings on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Red Sox, will be making his fourth start of the season. He went 5 1/3 innings in back-to-back outings at Baltimore and Detroit on Aug. 3 and 8, yielding a total of six earned runs while walking three and striking out nine.

"I feel like my stuff, as far as commanding all my pitches, is getting where I need it to be," said Bell, whose meal ticket is a 91-94 mph four-seam fastball he puts in good locations. "All three [secondary pitches] weren't in sync earlier in the year. If my breaking ball was working, my two-seamer or changeup weren't. Right now, I can use all three and feel comfortable with them.

"Things are feeling good. I'm going to keep on an even keel. I got in the mid-80s in my pitch count in Detroit and felt strong enough to keep going. If they want me to go 100, I feel I could get there, definitely."

Bell, the Angels' No. 1 pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, has been primarily a starter through his Minor League career but adapted well to the bullpen last season with Los Angeles. In 18 relief appearances this season, he's 1-1 with a 4.81 ERA across 24 1/3 innings.