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Grievance filed over suspension for tirade

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Players' Association filed a
grievance Monday seeking to overturn the Anaheim Angels' suspension
of left fielder Jose Guillen.

Guillen was suspended without pay for the rest of the season on
Sunday because of his outburst after being lifted for a pinch
runner a day earlier in Anaheim. The suspension would continue into
the postseason if the Angels advance that far.

The case will be heard by arbitrator Shyam Das in Oakland on
Friday, the day the Angels start a regular season-ending series
against the AL West-leading Athletics.

Even if the Angels were ordered to reinstate Guillen, the outfielder is not expected to play again for the team this season.

"They can reinstate his standing with the club, but I know they can't force us to put him in the lineup," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.

Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said the team would defend its move, but wouldn't go into details.

"It's something that's going to all be brought out in front of
an arbitrator, and that's the appropriate setting," Stoneman said
before the start of a four-game series in Texas. "Jose's conduct
that followed [being lifted], that's the bulk of it. … There was
stuff seen publicly and stuff that wasn't."

Guillen was hit by a pitch opening the eighth inning of
Saturday's 5-3 victory over Oakland. Scioscia sent
Alfredo Amezaga in to pinch run.

After he walked off the field as the A's changed pitchers,
Guillen tossed his helmet toward the side of the dugout Scioscia
was standing in and walked to the opposite side of the dugout. He
then slammed his glove against the wall.

Scioscia spoke with Guillen after Sunday night's game, calling
the outfielder after finding a note on his desk with a phone
number.

"Jose obviously doesn't like being in this situation of not
being able to play," Scioscia said Monday. "In the meeting we had
[Sunday], Jose understood what happened. I think it sunk in, the
magnitude of his actions causing the suspension."

Still, Scioscia said Guillen "didn't initiate any apology."

Guillen was not with the team in Texas, where the Angels entered
the series just a game behind the Athletics. Guillen's agent, Adam
Katz, has declined comment.

Scioscia said the suspension "wasn't a knee-jerk reaction" and
was based on more than just what happened Saturday.

Guillen, who signed a $6 million, two-year contract during the
offseason, went on a profanity-laced tirade after being beaned in a
game at Toronto in May, complaining that his teammates weren't
retaliating for him. Anaheim pitcher Jarrod Washburn was annoyed
Guillen went public with his complaint.

On Monday, the Angels tried to focus on the playoff chase.

"I don't like to see things like that happen. The organization
made a stand," right fielder Vladimir Guerrero said. "I've
learned a long time in this game not to be shocked. Our mind and
focus is on the game, the next game and so forth."

Adam Riggs started in place of Guillen for the second straight
night.

Guillen had just three RBI this month after driving in 20 runs
in August. He hit .294 with 27 homers and a career-high 104 RBI in
148 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.