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Saunders will miss Sunday start

Saunders will miss Sunday start

OAKLAND -- Joe Saunders' wife, Shanel, gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Matea, during Saturday's game.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia originally said the left-hander would pitch Sunday if his daughter was born Saturday night, but the club decided to give Saunders some much-needed rest and will summon Dustin Moseley from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the spot start.

"He's been up for close to 20 hours," Scioscia said of Saunders. "Doesn't make much sense to fly him up tomorrow."

Moseley, who's 1-3 with 7.85 ERA in seven appearances for the Angels this season, will pitch on three days' rest. In his previous start at Triple-A, he surrendered six hits and three runs in six innings. He has a 5.58 ERA in the Minors this season.

Scioscia said starter Jered Weaver will be available in the bullpen if Moseley doesn't last long.

David Biderman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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