Mills enjoys new view, but glad to be back

Mills enjoys new view, but glad to be back

HOUSTON -- Astros manager Brad Mills was back in the dugout Wednesday, one day after serving a one-game suspension on the heels of his ejection from Sunday's game. Mills watched Tuesday's 11-2 win over the Cubs from a suite, but he said nothing beats being back on the bench.

"It's good to be back here in the dugout," he said. "The best part of the day is 7:05 p.m. It was taken away [Tuesday], but it is good to be back."

Mills didn't completely take the night off. He took the opportunity to watch the game from a different angle and made some notes he later shared with bench coach Al Pedrique, who managed in Mills' place on Tuesday.

"Al and I had talked before the game about what we were going to look at and so on and so forth," Mills said. "But with the guys playing so well and jumping out to a lead like they did, it was more of kind of observing how things were.

"It was kind of neat being able to get a different perspective of looking at positioning and things that happen during ballgames you never see when you're down there."

Major League Baseball also handed down a three-game suspension and a fine for right-handed pitcher Aneury Rodriguez, who is appealing the suspension. Rodriguez and Mills were tossed after the rookie hit a Marlins player with a pitch, two innings after a warning had been issued when Astros second baseman Bill Hall was hit by a pitch.