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08/02/09 5:35 PM ET

Hillman to miss Monday's series finale

Royals manager leaves team to tend to personal matter

ST. PETERSBURG -- Royals manager Trey Hillman left for his home in Texas immediately after Sunday's game to deal with a personal matter.

"An emergency back home," he said after hurriedly discussing the 4-1 victory over the Rays with reporters.

The Royals said that bench coach John Gibbons will direct the club in Monday's series finale.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.