UPDATE: Bochy doesn't apologize after booting Angels scout

UPDATE: Bochy doesn't apologize after booting Angels scout
March 7, 2012, 6:13 pm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants aren't just fighting with the A's over their territorial rights. They're defending their turf against the Angels, too.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy showed his inner Harbaugh on Wednesday morning, instructing security to remove a scout from the Los Angeles Angels who was taking notes while the club was conducting infield drills. The scout, Jeff Schugel, reacted with disbelief when asked to leave.

"I'm sitting there grading arms," said Schugel, who worked for the Twins and Dodgers before joining the Angels. "In 25 years, I've never had that happen to me."

Bochy isn't the first Cactus League manager to put up the high wall during workouts. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson had scouts removed from watching the Diamondbacks go through drills in recent days.

Schugel, a major league advance scout covering the National League, didn't immediately leave the ballpark. He walked down the first base line and sat down in the stands before security chased him out of the ballpark. He placed an immediate call to the Angels front office, telling them not to let Giants scouts through the gates at Tempe Diablo Stadium until they open to the public.

Giants public relations man Jim Moorehead initially said that scouts are only allowed in the ballpark prior to the gates opening to pick up tickets or credentials. But the Giants did an about-face later in the day

GM Brian Sabean carried a message through Moorehead that the incident was "a misunderstanding" and he had no issue with scouts from other clubs watching workouts.

Bochy, however, was not apologetic.

"You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don't think that's the time for scouts to be there," Bochy said. "They have a job to do. I understand that. ... We wanted it cleared. We had a couple things we wanted to work on."

It sounds as if Angels GM Jerry DiPoto would allow Giants scouts to watch workouts at Tempe Diablo Stadium, though.

"Fans can come in, scouts can come in," DiPoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. "Our workouts are open."

The Giants and Angels play a three-game interleague series at Angel Stadium June 18-20. It's their first visit to Anaheim since the Angels roared back to win games 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series.

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