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Notes: Howe suspended for arguing

Notes: Howe suspended for arguing

ARLINGTON -- Rangers bench coach Art Howe was suspended one-game on Friday for his actions during Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Howe served his suspension, the first of his career, Friday when the Rangers hosted the Baltimore Orioles.

Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck tossed Howe after he argued a passed ball call. It was in the eighth inning, when Angels outfielder Reggie Willits was up to bat and the ball passed Rangers catcher Gerald Laird, allowing Howie Kendrick to advance to third.

Howe said he thought Willits bunted or foul tipped the ball. After being ejected, a livid Howe came out of the dugout to argue. Leaving the dugout after being ejected warrants a suspension according to Major League Baseball.

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"I really didn't know that was a standing rule," Howe said. "I'm used to going out there and getting my side of the argument in, and, evidently, we're not allowed to anymore. I don't set out to get thrown out of any game, it was just a matter of circumstances."

Howe said he was surprised he was ejected because he wasn't yelling at Hirschbeck, rather third base umpire Laz Diaz. There is no appeal process for coaches.

Howe, who was a manager for 14 years, estimated he was thrown out 3-5 times a year. However, Friday marked the first time he was suspended. He said he wanted to get his "two cents' worth."

It was definitely more than two cents as Major League baseball fined Howe an undisclosed amount. It won't hurt Howe's wallet, however, as manager Ron Washington said he'd pay the fine.

Third base coach Don Wakamatsu assumed Howe's duties Friday. It was the first time a Rangers coach had been tossed this season. Sammy Sosa was ejected May 14 and Jerry Hairston April 18.

Teixeira talks: Mark Teixeira has openly spoke about his desire to play for his hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles. He reiterated that Friday to Orioles beat reporters.

"I grew up as a diehard Orioles fan, there's no secret about that," he said. "My family still lives in Severna Park [Md.] and they'll probably live there the rest of their lives. So, it's definitely a good story. But, at the same time, I'm a Texas Ranger. I have a year and a half left here in Texas. Unless I get traded somewhere else, I'm going to be a Texas Ranger and try to win with this team here. That's what my No. 1 goal is right now. ... I don't think about [playing for Baltimore] too much because I'm a Texas Ranger. In a year and a half, we'll have some fun conversations."

Otsuka, Padilla update: The earliest setup man Akinori Otsuka will be ready is Sunday. Otsuka still has soreness in his right forearm, which he first experienced July 1 at Boston.

"I'm not 100 percent now," Otsuka said. "They tell me, 'Don't rush.' I hope Sunday. I'll try to pitch then, if I don't, then after the All-Star break."

Vicente Padilla threw a light bullpen session on Friday, and Washington said that everything went according to schedule. Padilla will throw a regular bullpen session Sunday morning before he goes on two medical rehabilitation assignments, on July 12 and 17 at Double-A Frisco. The earliest Padilla will rejoin the starting rotation is July 22 against Cleveland.

Lofton sits: Kenny Lofton was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Friday, nursing his left knee.

"He said he was feeling a little sore today, so we decided to give him one more day," Washington said. "This is something he's been having."

He said it: "I'm looking to enjoy myself. [On the first night,] I'll go out and have a good dinner. Then I'll be in for the night. I certainly won't be out at the night clubs." -- Washington, who will be an American League coach for the upcoming All-Star Game

Thursday's Minor League stars:
Gold: First baseman Freddie Thon went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs as Class A Bakersfield downed Stockton, 12-11. Thon hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Third baseman Christopher Davis extended his hitting streak to 25 games.

Silver: Double-A Frisco defeated Arkansas, 4-1, with outfielder John Mayberry going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Mayberry boosted his average to .303 through 19 games.

Bronze: Left-hander Michael Kirkman threw four hitless and scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Class A Spokane beat Vancouver, 9-3.

Briefly: Triple-A Oklahoma's Jason Botts extended his hitting streak to 18 games. ... Ivan Izquierdo was placed on the disabled list with an injured rib cage. ... Christopher Dennis transferred from Class A Spokane to Class A Clinton. ... Frisco pitcher Dough Mathis went on the DL. ... Pitcher Danny Touchet transferred from Bakersfield to Frisco. ... Bakersfield pitcher Bear Bay off the DL.

Up next: Texas hosts Baltimore at 7:35 p.m. CT on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy takes the hill for the Rangers against left-hander Erik Bedard of the Orioles.

Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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