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Lackey will start Monday vs. Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels starter John Lackey will return to the mound on Monday night following an early exit from his season debut, when he was ejected after throwing two pitches at Texas Rangers leadoff man Ian Kinsler.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Sunday's series finale against the Rangers that Lackey will get the call Monday night in the opener of a four-game road series against Seattle.

Scioscia said the other members of his rotation will get pushed back a day, with 30-year-old rookie right-hander Matt Palmer moving to Tuesday night, right-hander Ervin Santana to Wednesday night and lefty Joe Saunders to Thursday.

On Saturday, Lackey's first pitch sailed behind Kinsler's head. The next offering hit Kinsler in the ribs, and plate umpire Bob Davidson immediately ejected the right-hander, much to the surprise of Lackey, manager Mike Scioscia and the rest of the Angels.

Lackey was activated from the disabled list to make the start after missing six weeks of the season due to a forearm strain.

Scioscia, meanwhile, said he will ask MLB vice president of discipline Bob Watson to clarify rules regarding warnings and ejections, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

In a game last week, the Angels and Red Sox were warned before the start of their series because the team's had had a bench clearing incident in their previous series. No warning was given before the Angels-Rangers series.

"We have to get this criteria uniform, because I've seen it happen against us, and a lot of leeway is given, and we didn't get that today," Scioscia said, according to the newspaper. "As wrong as we know Bob was in his evaluation, it certainly wasn't John's intent to hit Kinsler.

"They gave us a heads up against Boston, the ball goes behind a guy's back, there's a warning. Today, no heads up was given; unfortunately, John's first two pitches, he's trying to go inside and he hits Kinsler. But the intent wasn't there."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.