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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Jean Segura makes major league debut

By Mark Saxon

When young Angels shortstop Jean Segura called the Dominican Republic to inform his mother, Maribel, that he was being called up to the major leagues Saturday night, she got a little emotional.

"I thought she was going to have a heart attack," Segura said.

Imagine how things will be in the city of San Juan de la Maguana tonight when Segura makes his first major league start. Segura, the Angels' top prospect, was batting .294 with seven home runs and 33 stolen bases at Double-A Arkansas before the Angels summoned him after Erick Aybar's toe injury.

Segura's family plans to gather for the game at the house of a friend who has DirecTV. The game begins after 10 p.m. there.

"I'm a little emotional. I'm not nervous at all," said Segura, 22. "This is my debut, my first game here in the big leagues. Every player is going to feel emotional for that. I think I can play here for a long time if I get a chance. I trust myself."

The Angels still haven't put Aybar on the disabled list, but even if they do, Segura's stay in Anaheim could be short. They're going with Maicer Izturis as their everyday shortstop in Aybar's absence and they likely will bring up Andrew Romine from Triple-A either Sunday or Monday if they still need a backup shortstop. At Segura's age, they want him to play every day.

Here are the rest of the lineups for Tuesday night's game vs. the Kansas City Royals:

Kansas City
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Lorenzo Cain CF
Billy Butler DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Salvador Perez C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Chris Getz 2B

Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Kendrys Morales 1B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Jean Segura SS
John Hester C