NEW YORK (AP) -Padres pitcher David Wells was suspended for seven games Thursday by the commissioner's office for his animated argument with an umpire last weekend.
Wells was ejected by umpire Ed Hickox for questioning calls in the fourth inning of Saturday's 8-5 win over Atlanta after Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer.
The portly pitcher had to be restrained by San Diego manager Bud Black, two coaches and catcher Josh Bard, and Wells fired a ball against the screen as he walked off the field.
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, suspended Wells for ``inappropriate actions'' and also fined him.
Unless appealed, the suspension will start Friday. The Padres start the second with a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West.

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