Qualls to serve suspension for throwing ball in stands

WASHINGTON -- Houston Astros reliever Chad Qualls lost his
appeal of a three-game suspension and $3,000 fine for throwing a
baseball into the stands and will sit out starting Tuesday.

Chad Qualls


Qualls' punishment originally was handed down by Major League
Baseball on June 20, two days after he allowed five runs in a loss
to the Los Angeles Angels and, after making a putout at first base,
tossed the ball into the seats.

He appealed that ruling, and a decision didn't come until

"I'm pretty disappointed that it didn't get reduced. I thought
it would get reduced at least a little bit," Qualls said. "I'm
definitely glad that everything is finalized. ... I learned my

He put a box atop the TV in the visitors' clubhouse at RFK
Stadium labeled "Qualls' Suspension Box -- Donations Appreciated."

The right-hander is 5-3 with two saves and a 3.86 ERA in 46
appearances this season.

Manager Phil Garner said before Monday night's game at the
Washington Nationals that Qualls probably would be used Monday,
before beginning to serve the suspension. The reliever will miss
the last two games of Houston's series at Washington, and then
Friday's opener at Pittsburgh.