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Middleton looks to shake off walk-off slam

Maybin out for second straight game due to knee soreness
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BALTIMORE -- Reliever Keynan Middleton took a positive attitude after giving up the walk-off grand slam to Manny Machado on Friday night.

Middleton took his first career loss, but he said postgame that he planned on shaking the defeat off and moving on quickly.

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BALTIMORE -- Reliever Keynan Middleton took a positive attitude after giving up the walk-off grand slam to Manny Machado on Friday night.

Middleton took his first career loss, but he said postgame that he planned on shaking the defeat off and moving on quickly.

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"It's not going to be hard," Middleton said after the game. "I'm going to go home, get some sleep, come back tomorrow and hopefully, I'll get the same opportunity."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that's the right kind of attitude a young pitcher needs, especially one who wants to see time late in games.

"He's got really special talent, and as he harnesses [it], you're going to see him fulfill the promise that he has, and part of it is the mental outlook of a guy pitching the back end of a game," Scioscia said. "You need that special ability to turn the page on a bad game, and he's shown that."

Middleton has made 46 appearances for the Angels entering Saturday night's game in Baltimore, with a 4.46 ERA.

Maybin misses second straight game

Cameron Maybin was held out of the Angels' starting lineup Saturday due right knee soreness, but both he and Scioscia are optimistic he won't be out much longer.

Maybin didn't start in either of the first two games against the Orioles due to his knee problem. An MCL sprain in that right knee put him on the disabled list from July 19-Aug. 7.

"It's still getting better," Maybin said before Saturday's game. "It just didn't feel as good as I would like.".

"[Maybin] feels better today," Scioscia said. "We'll see how he feels later and tomorrow. But he feels much better."

Ben Revere started in left field in Maybin's place both games.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday.

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