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Angels 7, Royals 5

June 3, 1998

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Four beanballs and two bench-clearing brawls led to 12 ejections in Anaheim’s 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday night.

The problems started in the top of the seventh, when Anaheim’s Phil Nevin was hit in the back by Kansas City pitcher Jim Pittsley. Nevin, who was also hit in his previous at-bat by Chris Haney, charged the mound and tried to tackle Pittsley, but the pitcher wrestled Nevin down and appeared to throw some jabs.

Both benches emptied, but apparently no other players threw punches. Nevin, Pittsley, and Kansas City coaches Rich Dauer and Jamie Quirk also were ejected.

Rich DeLucia hit Kansas City’s Dean Palmer with the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth and was immediately ejected along with Anaheim manager Terry Collins.

Kansas City pitcher Scott Service and Royals manager Tony Muser were ejected in the top of the ninth after Service hit Darin Erstad with a pitch.

There were four more ejections in the bottom of the ninth following a bench-clearing brawl that started after Royals leadoff hitter Jose Offerman was hit by Mike Holtz. Tossed were Mike Holtz, Anaheim coach Joe Maddon, Angels infielder Frank Bolick and Royals infielder Felix Martinez.

Bolick and Martinez came off their benches and wrestled each other. After Martinez went after Bolick again, Muser came onto the field, grabbed Martinez and pushed him toward the dugout.

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