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09/21/08 2:45 PM ET
Vazquez still bothered by ejection
Rangers infielder argued balls and strikes Saturday
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Ramon Vazquez still was upset the morning after getting ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion. Vazquez, who struck out to end the sixth inning, was ejected in the bottom of the seventh while arguing from the dugout after German Duran was called out on strikes. Vazquez said he was tired of the Angels' veteran hitters getting what he perceived as preferential treatment as far as balls and strikes. "It's been building up for a month, if you look at my strikeouts over the last month," Vazquez said. "Then to see him take the bat away from Duran was [wrong]. "Terrible. Those pitches are on the chalk on the other side of the batter's box and they're strikes? I know the Angels have clinched the division, but we're still playing for something. If Garret Anderson was up there, those are balls. If Torii Hunter gets up there, they're balls. A young guy gets up there, they're strikes." Vazquez bolted out of the dugout after getting ejected and had to be restrained by manager Ron Washington and Milton Bradley, who was up third in the inning. "I don't mind guys getting pitches, but what they did to Duran was wrong," Vazquez said. "Two pitches six or seven inches outside ... that's wrong. "I told him, 'Those pitches are way too far outside. Come on, clean it up.' He said, 'I don't want to hear it.' I said, 'If you don't want to hear it, clean it up.' That's when he ejected me." Vazquez will be fined, and the Rangers will find out later this week if he is looking at a suspension as well. Vazquez said it's the first time he has been ejected in his Major League career. Washington also was ejected, marking his fifth this season.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.