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Angels ready for fan reaction to embattled umpire

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels know their
typically well-behaved fans probably will be more riled up than
ever when umpire Doug Eddings takes the field for Game 3 of the AL
championship series.

That's not enough for Angels officials to bring on added
security for Friday night's game in the right-field area where
Eddings will be working.

Eddings, who as home plate umpire Wednesday night was
responsible for the controversial call in the bottom of the ninth
that sent Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski to first after what appeared to
be a strikeout and wound up helping the White Sox win 2-1, is
expected to take a lot of heat.

He was the talk at a nearby shopping mall, where one male fan
with tickets for Friday's game promised to let Eddings have it all
night.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead said additional security was hired at
Angel Stadium for the AL division series against the New York
Yankees last week, and that remains for the ALCS.

"One thing you try to do is focus your attention wherever that
concern is," Mead said. "Really, we don't anticipate a need for
[extra], based on what our fans are known for, which is good
behavior. We have a good reputation with our fan base and great
reputation in its conduct. They'll come here tomorrow and move on.
We hope the fans mirror the message of [manager] Mike Scioscia and
the ballclub and move forward."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no concerns, saying more
security might be necessary if this were Boston or New York -- where
fans have become violent in the past.

"I think the fans are going to stay away from the problem,"
Guillen said. "It's not easy. He's a human being. He does the best
he can."

Major League Baseball believes Eddings will be safe in his spot.

"MLB security is here, and I'm certain they're checking to make
sure everything is up to standard," said major league baseball
vice president Phyllis Merhige. "If they're satisfied, we're
satisfied."