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Scioscia expects Padilla to be suspended for beanball

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia
is confident that Texas Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla will
be suspended and fined by Major League officials after Padilla was
ejected from Tuesday night's game for throwing at Angels hitters.

"I'm very sure there's going to be suspensions," Scioscia said
prior to Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter also expects a fine and a
one-game suspension based on past actions by baseball officials
because both benches had been warned.

Padilla, tied for the AL lead with 14 hit batters, nailed
Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch on the left forearm in the third
inning on Tuesday night. He brushed back Guerrero with another in
the fourth.

When Padilla hit Juan Rivera in the fourth inning, he was
ejected by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who had warned both
dugouts an inning earlier.

Showalter said he met with Padilla before Wednesday night's
game. Padilla customarily has little contact with his manager or
his teammates and doesn't speak to the media.

"I don't want to cast anything lightly on this," Showalter
said. "Our conversation with Vinny was pointed. We need him out
there pitching."

Showalter said Padilla expressed remorse for his actions.

The Rangers and Angels have seven more games left this season
after Wednesday night's meeting. Scioscia said his players were
angry, but he hoped there would be no more incidents.

"We're disturbed but we're going to play baseball," said
Scioscia, who spoke with Showalter earlier in the day. "I don't
know what kind of messages were trying to be conveyed. It's
something that there's no need for."

"If I was [Scioscia] and the Angels, I wouldn't be happy about
it either," Showalter said.

Asked whether he expected Padilla, the team leader with 12
victories, to be suspended, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels
said, "I hope not but it wouldn't surprise me."

Tuesday night marked the second straight game in which a Rangers
starter had been ejected for throwing at Angels batters.
Right-hander Adam Eaton was tossed in the first inning of a game on
Aug. 6 in Anaheim for throwing at Rivera.

A suspension for a starter would come at a bad time for the
Rangers, who found out on Tuesday that right-hander Kip Wells will
be out for at least three weeks due to a foot injury.

"It's disappointing any time a player does something that takes
him out of the competition," Daniels said.