The Angels violated baseball's rules on access for reporters by closing their clubhouse after Friday night's home win over the Yankees, their first game following the resignation of Manager Terry Collins.

Baseball's rules require teams to open their clubhouses to the media no later than 10 minutes after game's end. Instead of opening their clubhouse, the Angels brought several players into an adjacent hallway to talk with reporters.

Angels spokesman Larry Babcock said the decision was made by the team. Phyllis Merhige, the American League's senior vice president, spoke with the Angels during the game and urged them to comply with the rules.

The Red Sox and Yankees each were fined $25,000 last year by AL President Gene Budig after they violated access rules during the playoffs. The Red Sox skipped a mandatory off-day workout and the Yankees restricted reporters' pregame access to parts of the field.

CANSECO AILING: Devil Rays DH Jose Canseco could be sidelined up to five days because of a hand injury.

Canseco has been slowed by a sore ligament located near his little finger on the right hand. The problem first occurred when Canseco resumed batting practice while rehabilitating after back surgery in July.

"It has bothered his swing, you can see it," Manager Larry Rothschild said before yesterday's game against the Twins. "We need to address that and hopefully get rid of it. I don't know how long it's going to take -- it could be up to five days."

Canseco is hitting .324 (12 for 37) with nine RBI in 11 games since he was activated from the disabled list Aug. 20. Canseco hit 31 home runs before being placed on the DL July 10, but since his return has hit only singles.