Game of the Day
Anaheim at Texas. With the Red Sox clinching the AL wild-card berth, the Angels have only one way into the playoffs: Win the West. They were a game behind Oakland going into last night's contests.
Player to Watch
Eric Gagne, Los Angeles. Manager Jim Tracy is trying to limit his closer's innings after Gagne made three appearances in four games since the Dodgers' NL West lead shrank with back-to-back losses in San Diego last week. Sunday's stint was the fifth time in 11 appearances over the past three weeks that Gagne pitched more than one inning. Gagne didn't pitch Monday night in the Dodgers' ninth-inning, 8-7 victory over the Rockies.
News & Notes
SUSPENSIONS: Pitchers Pedro Astacio of Boston and Brad Halsey of the New York Yankees were suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at batters.
The disciplinary action was announced by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations.
Astacio was ejected Sunday for throwing a pitch at the Yankees' Kenny Lofton in the eighth inning. Halsey and Manager Joe Torre also were ejected after Halsey threw a pitch at Boston's Dave Roberts during the bottom of the inning.
Astacio and Halsey have filed appeals; the suspensions won't begin until the process is complete. . . .
San Francisco Giants closer Dustin Hermanson was suspended for three games for intentionally throwing at and hitting Jeff Kent of the Houston Astros in a game last week.
Hermanson was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Hermanson hit Kent, a former Giants second baseman, with a pitch after warnings had been issued during the Giants-Astros game in San Francisco on Sept. 23.
Watson's announcement said Hermanson has filed an appeal, and that the suspension will remain on hold until the appeal process is completed.