An unhappy Jose Canseco accused Oakland manager Tony La Russa of not sticking up for him during two arguments with umpire Joe Brinkman Friday night. "The manager should protect his players, especially when they're right," Canseco said after the game, which the A's lost to the White Sox 5-4. "The manager should be out there and get himself thrown out first. That makes sense, doesn't it?"
Canseco was asked if he had a problem with that opinion being relayed to La Russa. He said no, to go ahead.
La Russa was still sitting in his office talking to some of his coaches. Interrupted, he listened to the retelling of what Canseco had said.
Suddenly furious, he shouted. "You're just trying to stir up s--- to write."
Just as the clubhouse door was slamming shut, La Russa could be seen _ and heard _ bursting out of his room into the area where Canseco was dressing and screaming something unintelligible at the top of his lungs.
The confrontation began when Canseco was called out by Brinkman on an attempted steal in the sixth. Television replays showed shortstop Ozzie Guillen had not tagged Canseco.
Valenzuela throws shutout
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Fernando Valenzuela, the former Dodgers star trying to make it back to the majors with California, allowed two hits in a seven-inning complete game and beat the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League 4-0 Saturday night.
Valenzuela, who won the Cy Young award as a 20-year-old with the Dodgers in 1981, struck out five and walked two in his third minor-league start for Midland, the Angels' Class AA farm club.
Valenzuela faced 25 batters and threw fewer than 80 pitches in seven innings, the length of each game in minor-league doubleheaders. He is expected to join the Angels this week.
Around the bases
Dave Stieb was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Toronto, retroactive to May 23. Stieb, who has missed his last two starts because of tendinitis in the back of his right shoulder, is doing light exercises to alleviate the problem. Bob MacDonald was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse.
The Seattle Mariners turned the fourth triple play in their history Saturday night in the second inning against Texas.
Boston announced manager Joe Morgan had been awarded a one-year contract extension through the 1992 season.
_ Compiled from wire reports.