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Angels, Guillen reach settlement

Outfielder Jose Guillen and the Anaheim Angels have reached a financial settlement to resolve the grievance filed after the team recently suspended him without pay for the rest of the season.

The terms were not disclosed Friday in a statement by Major League Baseball. The sides agreed that Guillen will not rejoin the Angels for the remainder of the regular season.

Guillen was suspended Sept. 26 following his outburst after being removed for a pinch-runner the previous day. The players' union filed a grievance on Sept. 27.

Anaheim began the day tied with Oakland for the AL West lead. If the Angels win the division, they will have until the day of their playoff opener to decide whether to put Guillen on the postseason roster.

When the Angels suspended Guillen, they said the penalty would continue into the postseason if they made it that far. Guillen hit .294 with 27 homers and a career-high 104 RBIs in 148 games.

Guillen was pulled for a pinch-runner during a 5-3 win over Oakland. After he walked off the field as the A's changed pitchers, Guillen tossed his helmet toward the side of the dugout where manager Mike Scioscia was standing in and walked to the opposite side of the dugout. He then slammed his glove against the wall. Scioscia later said the suspension "wasn't a knee-jerk reaction" and was based on more than just what happened in that game.

Guillen, who signed a $6 million, two-year contract during the offseason, went on a profanity-laced tirade after being beaned in a game at Toronto in May, complaining that his teammates weren't retaliating for him. Anaheim pitcher Jarrod Washburn was annoyed Guillen went public with his complaint.

STONE ANGERS CUBS: TV analyst Steve Stone met Friday with Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail, general manager Jim Hendry and manager Dusty Baker after the broadcaster questioned managerial strategy and criticized the team's approach. During a postgame TV show Thursday, Stone wondered about Baker's moves in the 12th inning of a 2-1 loss to the Reds.

Later that night, he went on a talk show on WGN radio and criticized the team for making excuses. WGN and the Cubs are both owned by the same company, Tribune Co.

Stone, in his 20th year as a Cubs broadcaster, has angered several players during the season. Reliever Kent Mercker called the booth during one August game to complain.

Hendry said Stone's comments Thursday went beyond constructive criticism.

"I think it was pretty clear yesterday that it was personal," Hendry said.

"It shocked me," Baker said. "I don't understand it, I don't understand the timing of it. It's bad timing. If there is something personal, you need to talk about it with somebody instead of broadcasting it to everyone else." Stone didn't spare his opinion when he was interviewed by WGN-AM radio Thursday.

"You want the truth. You can't handle the truth," Stone said. "The truth of this situation is an extremely talented bunch of guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened.

"At the end of the day, boys, don't tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship."

Stone went on to say that the Cubs should have already clinched the NL wild card by six or seven games, instead of trailing by one entering play in the final weekend.

KIDS RETURN TICKETS: Talk about temptation: box-seat tickets for New York Yankees playoff games lying on the street.

Not for these nine youngsters. They just gave the tickets to the police.

"It's a real tribute to their honesty and total integrity," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said Friday. The tickets belonged to Wachovia bank. Only four of 70 tickets in a package worth $20,000 that apparently fell off a delivery truck Monday are still missing, Wachovia bank spokeswoman Fran Durst said.

Since the tickets — some worth $2,600 each — are for bank customers, the bank will treat the boys and their parents to a New Jersey Nets game Dec. 10 against New Orleans from its luxury box at the Continental Airlines Arena, Durst said.

The Yankees also gave the boys and their parents tickets to Thursday night's 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins that captured the AL East title. The boys were honored before the game at Summit (N.J.) City Hall. They also will be sent Yankee memorabilia, Rubenstein said.