Indians, Tigers Get Into Brawl
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Manny Ramirez was ejected following a brawl in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday as the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers exchanged beanballs, pushes and shoves.
In the top of the sixth, Cleveland starter Jaret Wright, who was suspended earlier this season for a brawl in Boston, hit Tony Clark in the helmet one batter after giving up a two-run double to Dean Palmer that put the Tigers ahead 4-1.
Ramirez, leading off the bottom of the inning, was then hit in the head by Detroit rookie Jeff Weaver.
Ramirez shouted at Weaver as he slowly walked toward first base before dashing across the diamond after the right-hander. He was met on top of the pitching mound by umpire Jim Evans, who put his hands out like a traffic cop in an attempt to stop Ramirez.
Both benches and bullpens emptied and several small skirmishes broke out before order was restored.
After Ramirez was ejected, plate umpire Chuck Meriwether warned both teams about any further retaliation, but that didn’t stop Wright from coming inside with a pitch to Juan Encarnacion in the seventh.
In the eighth, Tigers reliever C.J. Nitkowski knocked Kenny Lofton down with his first _ and only _ pitch and was immediately tossed.