Guillen would like to return to Angles

Updated: November 12, 2004, 6:36 PM ET
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Anaheim Angels: Outfielder Jose Guillen says he still feels emotional pain from being suspended the last eight games of the regular season and being dropped from the playoff roster.

Guillen threw a tantrum in the dugout and clubhouse after being removed for a pinch-runner Sept. 25. In a grievance settlement, he agreed to allow the Angels to withhold two days' pay.

"I'm still hurting from all that happened and was said that day," Guillen said Friday in a phone interview from Miami. "I'm just trying to look ahead and continue with my career."

Guillen hit .294 with 27 homers and a career-high 104 RBIs. He is owed $3.5 million next season and the Angels, who were swept by Boston in the first round of the playoffs, are likely to trade him.

Guillen said he would like to return to the Angels.

"First we would have to sit down and clear up everything that happened leading to my suspension," he said.

Houston Astros: Three-time All-Star outfielder Lance Berkman had surgery Friday on his injured right knee, with recovery time expected to take from five to six months.

Berkman's surgery was performed by team medical director Dr. David Lintner at a Houston hospital.

Berkman, 28, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing flag football at a church-related function after the season.

A three-time NL All-Star, Berkman hit .316 this season with 30 homers and 106 RBIs. Berkman, who made his major league debut in 1999, has a .303 career average with 156 homers and 535 RBIs.

He is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after next season. The Astros had been working to sign him to a long-term deal, and new Astros general manager Tim Purpura was unsure whether the injury would affect talks.

Texas Rangers: Doug Brocail became the first of the 207 free agents to sign, returning to the Rangers on Friday for a $1 million, one-year contract.

The 37-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with one save and a 4.13 ERA in 43 games with the Rangers last season, finishing with 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest shutout streak by a Texas pitcher this year.

Brocail, who has been in the major leagues since 1992, is 32-37 with a 3.89 ERA and five saves in 381 career games.

Cincinnati Reds: Catcher Jason LaRue and the Reds agreed Friday to a $3 million, one-year contract, a $400,000 raise.

LaRue, 30, set career highs last season in batting average (.251), hits (98), doubles (24) and RBIs (55), and had 14 home runs. He also set a franchise record by being hit by a pitch 24 times.

The signing leaves five Reds players eligible for salary arbitration: outfielders Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns, second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez, catcher Javier Valentin and right-hander John Riedling.

Cincinnati also agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Randy Keisler and invited him to the Reds' major league spring training camp. Keisler, 28, spent most of last season at Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 6-7, with a 3.81 ERA in 21 starts and one relief appearance.

Washington Expos: The Expos announced an agreement with Ticketmaster to handle ticket sales.

The team will start accepting season ticket deposits Thursday, although fans can get a head start by registering their interest through the team's Web site. Seating and pricing structures for RFK Stadium have yet to be set, but average ticket prices are expected to range from $24 to $26, with reserved seats starting as low as $7.

"Our goal is to get the system up and running as quickly as possible so fans can begin making plans to visit the ballpark next season," team president Tony Tavares said.

The Expos, who expect to get a new name this month, plan to play three seasons at RFK while a new stadium is constructed. The team's move from Montreal is contingent upon approval by the District of Columbia Council, which postponed an initial vote earlier this week while council members debated the financial details, and by baseball owners.

Ticketmaster provides ticketing services for several area teams, including the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals, WNBA's Washington Mystics, MLS's D.C. United and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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