Dodger Notes June 3

Major League Baseball suspended Milton Bradley for four games and fined him for his ejection and temper tantrum during a 4-1 loss to Milwaukee, citing "reckless and inappropriate conduct." Bradley, who engaged in an angry exchange with home plate umpire Terry Craft before his sixth-inning ejection, was fined $2,500 by Bob Watson, baseball's administrator in charge of on-field discipline.

As Bradley stepped into the batter's box to begin the bottom of the sixth inning, Craft verbally warned Bradley against arguing balls and strikes from the dugout, which he later said Bradley had done the previous inning. Bradley reacted angrily to the warning, which led to Craft ejecting him.

A fuming Bradley grabbed a ball bag and scattered the balls over the field in front of the Dodger Dugout.

Umpire crew chief Joe West confiscated the batting gear Bradley left at home plate. Tracy then confronted West, accusing him of instigating the incident by trying to talk to Bradley as he came off the field moments before he came to bat. West ejected Tracy, who later accused umpires of "provoking" Bradley.

Tracy cannot appeal and must sit out tonight's game, leaving bench coach Jim Riggleman to handle the managerial duties.

Bradley has filed an appeal and is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Any suspensions would not take effect until an appeal has been completed.

Asked by the Los Angeles Daily News to comment specifically on Bradley's conduct, General Manager Paul DePodesta said, "I don't want to comment on anybody's behavior that night because if I comment on one, I should probably comment on them all." Asked if by "them all," he was referring to the umpiring crew, DePodesta said, "I just said everybody."

Lo Duca, Beltré High in All-Star voting--Third baseman Adrian Beltré and catcher Paul Lo Duca are the top Dodger vote-getters in the All-Star balloting, according to the results announced by Major League Baseball.

Lo Duca, who became an All-Star for the first time last season, ranks third behind National League catchers Mike Piazza of the New York Mets and Brad Ausmus of the Houston Astros.

Beltré, seeking an All-Star berth for the first time in his career, ranks fifth among National League third basemen behind Scott Rolen of Philadelphia, Aramis Ramirez of the Cubs, Morgan Ensberg of Houston and Mike Lowell of Florida.

Lo Duca and Beltré have ranked among the league leaders in batting average all season.

Arizona Matchups--Pitching matchups for the Arizona series include:
Tonight - Kaz Ishii (6-3, 3.49) vs Casey Fossum (0-2, 6.52)
Saturday - Odalis Peres (2-3, 3.05) vs TBA
Sunday - Jeff Weaver (3-7, 4.35) vs Steve Sparks (2-4, 6.59).