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Pitching coach Mike Butcher suspended for Tuesday's game

8/14/2012

Losers of three straight and nine of 12 this month, the Angels have now lost a pitching coach. For a night, at least.

Mike Butcher won't take part in Tuesday's game against Cleveland at Angel Stadium, having been slapped with a one-game suspension (and an undisclosed fine) for leaving the dugout to argue balls and strikes with umpire Mike Estabrook during the first inning of Sunday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

"I believe it is automatic, I think, once a coach leaves a dugout like that," manager Mike Scioscia said before Tuesday's game.

There is no appeal process for coaches.

On the one hand, with the staff having blown up for a 6.30 ERA in August (74 ER in 105.2 IP) and a struggling Zach Grienke starting, it could be a bad night for the Halos to be short a pitching coach. On the other hand, with the staff having blown up for a 6.30 ERA in August, it's fair to wonder how much influence Butcher is having, anyway.

Though not for lack of effort.

"This downturn can be directly attributed to what we felt was a real strength of our club, and that's the frustrating part. Starting pitching is the heartbeat of our club, and they've really struggled to put us in position on a daily basis to win games," Scioscia said.

"(Butcher) has peeled the paint off with these guys and tried to rebuild some of them. Maybe it's a subtlety with one of them, to get them back to where they need to be. Each pitcher has a different set of circumstances of why they're pitching poorly. It's not one blanket sugar pill you give guys, and all of a sudden, boom, they're ready to go."

LINEUPS

CLEVELAND

Jason Kipness - DH

Asdrubal Cabrera - SS

Shin-Soo Choo - RF

Carlos Santana - C

Michael Brantley - CF

Casey Kotchman - 1B

Jason Donald - 2B

Jack Hannahan - 3B

Ezequiel Carrera - LF

ANGELS

Mike Trout - CF

Torii Hunter - RF

Albert Pujols - 1B

Kendrys Morales - DH

Mark Trumbo - LF

Alberto Callaspo - 3B

Howie Kendrick - 2B

Erick Aybar - SS

Chris Iannetta - C