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October 9, 2013

Mike Scioscia, GM Jerry Dipoto staying with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are getting another chance with the Los Angeles Angels.

Scioscia and Dipoto confirmed Tuesday night they will be back with the Angels next year despite the club's worst season in a decade.

Hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return in 2014, but Scioscia and Dipoto have been retained by owner Arte Moreno, who made no formal announcement of his decision. The Angels missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season at 78-84, producing their lowest win total since 2003 despite one of the majors' highest payrolls.

"This is where I want to be, and I want to get things going in the direction they should be," said Scioscia, the longest-tenured active manager in baseball. "I'm happy to get another opportunity to do that."

Scioscia has spent 14 seasons in charge of the Angels, and he still has five years and about $27 million left on the richest managerial contract in the sport. Dipoto, the former major league pitcher and Arizona assistant GM, is only under contract through next season — and he said his deal hasn't changed.

"You know we had a very difficult season," Dipoto said. "We had issues to deal with both on and off the field. ... As a whole, we're looking to improve in all areas, and one of the things we're trying to do is implement the same on-field excellence the Angels had from 2002 to 2009."

Scioscia and Dipoto both took yet another opportunity to dismiss rumors they've struggled to work together, insisting they're sticking to a unified plan to get Los Angeles back into World Series contention.

"There absolutely is no philosophical gap that is real," Scioscia said. "There's a lot of chatter out there, and it's just not accurate."

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