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08/07/07 8:29 PM ET
Notes: Young, Washington expect fines
Duo was ejected in Monday's opener for arguing strikes
By Drew Davison / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects both manager Ron Washington and shortstop Michael Young to receive a minimal fine after being ejected by home plate umpire Bill Miller in Monday's game against Oakland. But, Daniels said he doubts either one will be suspended after speaking briefly with Major League Baseball early Tuesday. Young argued a called strike three in the 11th inning and Miller quickly ejected Young. An animated Washington stormed out of the dugout to put up his beef with Miller and was subsequently ejected. "I was surprised how quickly Young was ejected," Daniels said. "Here's a guy who is widely respected, carries a lot of class and dignity and never shows an umpire up. I thought it was a little quick given the circumstances of his track record." Young said he had not heard anything about a possible fine or suspension. Washington said he expected to be fined, but not suspended. "I shouldn't be suspended -- I didn't touch him and I didn't bump him," Washington said. "But I automatically will get a fine." It was Washington's first ejection ever in baseball. Young was ejected last season in late June in San Francisco for throwing his bat. Pitching updates: Washington said no moves were necessary in the bullpen after using four relievers Monday. The Rangers have Jamey Wright, Frank Francisco, A.J. Murray, and Wes Littleton available for Tuesday. C.J. Wilson could also be used for an inning. Akinori Otsuka began his rehab schedule Tuesday with 35 throws. The Rangers plan to build Otsuka up so he can throw 25 pitches without problems in his right forearm/elbow area. Pitching coach Mark Connor said once Otsuka throws 25 pitches four times with no problems, he will be ready to go. Connor said the length of Otsuka's rehab assignment would depend on how many simulated games Otsuka throws. At most, Otsuka would make 3-4 rehab appearances. Connor hopes Otsuka will be back by Sept. 1 at the latest. Vicente Padilla threw a normal bullpen session Tuesday with everything going according to plan. Connor said Padilla would throw 65 pitches in a 4-5 inning rehab assignment game Friday, probably at Double-A Frisco. Kameron Loe, on the disabled list with back stiffness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. Rheinecker to start: Daniels and Washington both expect John Rheinecker to start Saturday, despite going 0-1 with a 12.54 ERA in his last two starts. Rheinecker surrendered six runs in the first inning Monday, but lasted five innings, allowing just one more run. "I haven't thought about anything like [taking him out of the rotation]," Washington said. "[Rheinecker] came back and fought his [tail] off. He could've given in, but he didn't. I think he was a soldier." Rangers promotions: Sammy Sosa had a ribbon cutting ceremony before Tuesday's game against Oakland for a new "Welcome to the Club: Sammy Sosa Slams 600" exhibit at the Legends of the Game Museum. The exhibit includes photos, text, video and artifacts from Sosa's historic 600th home run June 20 against his former team, the Chicago Cubs. The Rangers have implemented an All You Can Eat ticket special for the four-game series against Seattle from Aug. 23-26. Tickets are sold out to the Saturday, Aug. 25 game, but tickets are still available for the other three games. Fans that purchase the $29 All You Can Eat tickets can order hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. with a limit of two per person per visit to concession stand. The All You Can Eat section is located in the Lexus Club Terrace, sections 201-205. He said it: "We also talked about using Vanilla Ice and Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray." It was a pretty funny idea [at Triple A Oklahoma] and I got pretty hot with it. It's not like I'm planning on bringing sexy back, I just like the beat." - Jason Botts, on his introduction song, Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back." Monday's Minor League stars: Gold: Outfielder Kyle Murphy drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning to lead the Arizona Rookie League Rangers over the Arizona Giants, 5-4. Murphy was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Silver: Second baseman Tug Hulett went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored as Triple-A Oklahoma fell to Sacramento, 5-2. Bronze: Class A Clinton left-hander Kasey Kiker allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings as the Lumber Kings lost to Cedar Rapids, 5-3. Briefly: OF David Murphy was added to the Oklahoma roster and OF Kevin West was placed on the disabled list. ... LHP Michael Kirkman was promoted to Class A Spokane from Class A Clinton. ... LHP Broc Coffman placed on disabled list at Clinton. Up next: Texas hosts Oakland in the three-game series finale at 7:35 p.m. CT Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Right-hander Kevin Millwood pitches for the Rangers against left-hander Lenny DiNardo of the Athletics.
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.