Scioscia away from team due to death in family

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia was away from the team for Saturday's game against the Rockies, flying back to his native Pennsylvania on Friday night to deal with a death in the family.

Scioscia, almost never absent, is expected back for Sunday's game against the Royals.

Bench coach Rob Picciolo took over in Scioscia's place, managing a lineup that had an everyday player at every position except shortstop -- Andrew Romine started, with Erick Aybar taking part in the World Baseball Classic -- and Albert Pujols serving as designated hitter.

"You always want Mike around, of course, but we've done this before," Picciolo said after Saturday's tilt. "I'll go text him right now and give him a report on the game."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.