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Umps file complaint of abuse by Angels

BOSTONUmpires working the series between the Red Sox and Angels at Fenway Park complained Thursday that Los Angeles coaches were "unprofessional and unbecoming" after two close calls went against them at the end of Wednesday night's loss. "Their deportment as we left the field, going through the Angels dugout, left a lot to be desired," plate umpire Rick Reed told the Boston Herald on Thursday. "We filed a report after the game and I would think there will be a coach or two over there that would be regretting his actions today." An attempt by The Associated Press to reach the umpires for comment before Thursday night's game was unsuccessful. A Fenway Park security guard who knocked on the door of their changing room said they were unavailable because they were on a conference call with the commissioner's office. Chipper may call it quits after 2010ATLANTA | A drop of almost 100 points from his 2008 NL-leading batting average has Chipper Jones wondering if the end of his career is near. Jones, 37, hit a career-best .364 last year, his third straight season over .320. But he has fallen to .269 this year and is hitting only .229 since June 9, when his average peaked at .335. The three-month slump is a startling development for the career .308 hitter. He signed a three-year, $42-million contract extension in March that runs through 2012, but says he may retire if he can't reclaim his hitting stroke in 2010. "If I back up this year with the same kind of year next year, I don't want to play the game," Jones told The Associated Press. "The game is not fun to me when I'm not playing up to my standards. "I just feel like there are other things I'd rather be doing. Family has a lot do to with it. My boys are getting big enough now, my two littlest ones are going to be starting ball and grade school. I just feel like I want to be there for all that."

Around the majorsPhillies reliever Chan Ho Park will miss two to three weeks with a strained right hamstring.

... The Cubs' Rich Harden will be replaced in the rotation for at least one start. Manager Lou Piniella said Tom Gorzelanny will start in Harden's place Monday when the Cubs play at Milwaukee.

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