Irked Bellreportedlygets earfulof Guillen

ATLANTA — A day after saying he didn't respect Ozzie Guillen, Marlins teammates forced RHP Heath Bell to listen to the manager's response, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Bell criticized Guillen on Monday, saying, "It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face to face." Bell signed a three-year, $27 million deal in the offseason but quickly lost his job as closer.

Tuesday, unidentified players turned up the volume on Guillen's radio show, which was playing in the locker room, the Miami Herald reported. Asked if he respected Bell, Guillen said, "As a player, yes. As a guy, I don't know."

"I am the No. 10 guy he's talked about this year," Guillen said. "This kid has been saying so many things all year about a lot of people. It was my turn this week."

Bell, 34, who has a 5.19 ERA while converting 19 of 26 save chances, said he phoned Guillen on Monday to apolo­gize. Guillen said he didn't answer and erased the message because he didn't recognize the number.

"No matter what he said," Guillen said, "it's not going to resolve anything."

La Russa would have said no to 10 years

Tony La Russa said he would not have given 1B Albert Pujols, his former star player, a 10-year contract.

Asked during ESPN's First Take if Texas CF Josh Hamil­ton, who can become a free agent after this season, should get a deal like Pujols' $254 million over 10 years with the Angels, the ex-Cardinals manager said commitments longer than six years carry risk.

"I don't think 10 years was a smart move for the Cardinals," La Russa said.

But he said he couldn't second-guess the Angels: "He is a great franchise player. So it makes sense for them."

Helton returning: Rockies 1B Todd Helton said he plans to play in 2013, the final year of his contract. Helton, 39, is out for the year with a torn labrum in his right hip. The five-time All-Star hit a career-low .238 in 69 games in 2012.

Mets: 3B David Wright's infield single in the third against the Pirates gave him 1,419 hits, breaking the team record of Ed Kranepool.

Orioles: LHP Randy Wolf is out for the year with a torn ligament in his left elbow. He went 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA in five games (two starts) after signing Aug. 31. To replace him, Baltimore called up utilityman Bill Hall. He hit .222 with a homer in seven games earlier this year.

Pirates: Team president Frank Coonelly said GM Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle will return in 2013. Pittsburgh was 63-47 but now must go 5-2 to avoid a 20th straight losing season.

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish felt better a day after being scratched with a stiff neck and could return before Sunday's scheduled start.

Twins: RHP Samuel Deduno left in the second against the Yankees because of irritation in his left eye. He will have an MRI exam this week.

Yankees: 3B Alex Rodriguez sat with a bruised left foot and is day to day. He fouled a ball off it Tuesday.

Irked Bellreportedlygets earfulof Guillen 09/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:16am]

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