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Kole Calhoun out until at least Friday with calf injury

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Kole Calhoun has been out of the Angels’ starting lineup since Saturday with tightness in his right calf. He was able to pinch hit on Monday in Arlington, Texas — and even roped an RBI single — but the calf apparently didn’t respond too well to that.

Calhoun is out again Tuesday and told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to action until Friday, at the earliest. “It’s not there yet,” said the Angels’ regular leadoff man.

Erick Aybar is at the top of Anaheim’s batting order on Tuesday night against the Rangers and Collin Cowgill is playing right field.

Calhoun, 27, batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 90 runs in 127 games last season.

Angels sign Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infield prospect Roberto Baldoquin has passed his physical and officially signed with the Angels. The two sides initially agreed to a deal with an $8 million signing bonus in early November.

Baldoquin, 20, is expected to start the season in the minor leagues for the Angels. The club views him as a shortstop and as such, Baldoquin could take over at the position when Erick Aybar’s contract expires after the 2016 season.

Angels have interest in Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge

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According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have interest in acquiring Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post confirms the report and adds that the Rockies are likely looking for pitching in return.

Rutledge turns 25 in April and batted .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI over 105 games this past season while making starts at shortstop, second base, and third base. He’s not yet arbitration-eligible.

Rutledge wouldn’t be a starter for the Angels as currently constituted, but second baseman Howie Kendrick will be a free agent after next season and Erick Aybar has two years left on his deal.

ALDS Game 3: Angels vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Angels-Royals series in Kansas City …

RF Kole Calhoun
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B David Freese
LF Josh Hamilton
DH C.J. Cron
C Chris Iannetta

C.J. Wilson will be on the mound, looking to put his disappointing regular season in the rearview. Hamilton is 0-for-9 so far in this series, but the Angels are going to stick with the $133 million outfielder. He appeared in just one of the Halos’ final 23 regular-season games due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries.

SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

James Shields, who pitched against the A’s in the American League Wild Card Game, will be making his first start in this series. He owns a 5.26 ERA in 39 1/3 career postseason innings, which doesn’t quite fit with the “Big Game James” nickname, but the impending free agent right-hander has the opportunity here to pitch the Royals into the ALCS. Infante did not have a good regular season and looked lost at the plate in the first two games of this best-of-five set, but Royals manager Ned Yost won’t try Christian Colon at second base.

Eric Hosmer homers in 11th, sends Royals up 2-0 in the ALDS against the Angels

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The Royals became the first team to go to extra innings in three consecutive games to begin the post-season. And the Royals are now 3-0 in those games. Eric Hosmer belted a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning off of Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen to break a 1-1 tie, ending hours of offensive frustration even after starters Yordano Ventura and Matt Shoemaker were long gone.

Alex Gordon gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the second inning, sending a single to center field to bring around Hosmer who had singled to lead off the inning. The Angels tied it up in the sixth, when Albert Pujols pushed a single into the hole between first and second base, allowing Kole Calhoun to score. And that was it offensively for most of the game.

Yordano Ventura rebounded from a tough relief appearance in the American League Wild Card game, in which he served up a three-run home run to Brandon Moss in the sixth inning. Unlike the Athletics, the Royals couldn’t muster much of anything against the right-hander. Ventura repeatedly reached triple digits in velocity, fanning five batters in total while scattering five hits and a walk in seven innings.

Matt Shoemaker was equally as good. Shoemaker hadn’t pitched since September 15 due to an oblique injury, but it certainly didn’t seem to bother him any on Friday night. The right-hander punched out six batters while allowing five hits and a walk.

Both bullpens followed suit. The Angels’ bullpen put up four hitless innings in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th innings. The Royals’ bullpen allowed just one hit in three innings of work in the eighth, ninth, and 10th.

Lorenzo Cain started the Royals’ rally in the top of the 11th, narrowly beating out an infield single. Hosmer then slapped a home run well over the fence in right field to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. The Royals weren’t quite done, however. Alex Gordon drew a two-out walk, stole second, and advanced to third base on an errant throw by catcher Chris Iannetta. Following that, Salvador Perez punched a single up the middle that had just enough oomph before shortstop Erick Aybar flagged it down, allowing Gordon to score and Perez to reach safely. Omar Infante flied out to center to end the three-run 11th inning for the Royals.

Closer Greg Holland took the mound in the bottom half of the 11th, retiring Efren Navarro and Chris Iannetta quickly. Kole Calhoun reached on a throwing error by second baseman Infante and was given second base when the throw skipped out of play. Holland struck out Mike Trout swinging on a high slider to end the contest for a 4-1 win, giving the Royals a 2-0 cushion in the American League Division Series.

Trout is 0-for-7 with two walks in two ALDS games for the Angels. Josh Hamilton is 0-for-9. Pujols is 1-for-8 with a walk and the RBI single. The Angels’ best hitters have been stymied by Royals pitching.

The Royals and Angels will have Saturday off to travel, then they’ll resume the series on Sunday night in Kansas City when C.J. Wilson will oppose James Shields. The Angels will have to win three games in a row if they hope to extend their season further into October.