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Padilla drops appeal of 7-game suspension

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension and started
serving it Thursday night.

Padilla was suspended Tuesday for intentionally throwing at
Oakland's Nick Swisher, who then charged the mound in the first
inning of Sunday's game in Oakland. Swisher was suspended three
games, and has already sat out two games.

Before he dropped his appeal, Padilla started Wednesday night in
a 4-2 loss at Minnesota. The right-hander pitched five innings and
took the loss.

Padilla (6-10, 5.76 ERA in 23 starts) was scheduled to start
Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ron Washington
said rookie Armando Galarraga, who came to Texas from Washington in
the December 2005 trade that sent Alfonso Soriano to the Nationals,
would likely make his first major league start in Padilla's place.

Washington also said Padilla, who will be eligible to pitch
again for the season-ending series at Seattle, isn't scheduled to
start a game against the Mariners.

"We might use him out of the bullpen in Seattle," Washington
said. "That is the only way he will pitch if he does pitch."

Padilla, who rarely speaks with reporters, wasn't in the
clubhouse before the game after the team announced that he had
dropped the appeal.

In eight starts since coming off the disabled list because of
right triceps irritation, Padilla was 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA.

Padilla got a $33.75 million, three-year contract after winning
15 games for the Rangers last season. In his four starts before
going on the disabled list June 25 for 51 days, he allowed 42 hits
and 19 earned runs (10.26 ERA) over 16 2/3 innings his last four
starts.