A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 romp...

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PHOENIX — A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 romp over Mexico at the World Baseball Classic in a melee that also involved fans.

Multiple fights broke out after Canada’s Rene Tosoni was hit in the back by a pitch from Arnold Leon with the score 9-3 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It quickly turned into a wild scene, as chaotic as any on a major-league field in recent years.

Even when the fisticuffs ended, Canadian pitching coach Denis Boucher was hit in the face by a full water bottle thrown from the crowd. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back.

Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the pro-Mexico crowd of 19,581. Seven players were ejected.

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There had already been several borderline plays when things got out of hand. A bunt single by Chris Robinson heightened the tension — a WBC tiebreaker relies heavily on runs, and the Canadians wanted to score. Third baseman Luis Cruz fielded Robinson’s bunt and seemed to tell Leon to hit a batter.

Aceves was among four Mexican players thrown out — the angry Boston reliever was tossed to the ground by Philadelphia minor-league outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Also ejected were Oliver Perez (of the Mariners), Leon and Eduardo Arredondo of Mexico and Tosoni, Pete Orr and Jay Johnson of Canada.

Rivera: final season

TAMPA, Fla. — Saying he made the decision before arriving at spring training, Mariano Rivera announced he will retire at the end of the season and hopes to cap his record-setting career by winning another World Series with the New York Yankees.

With the entire Yankees team looking on — including longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte — Rivera said he knew the time was right for his decision.

“I have just a few bullets left,” he said.

He then made his first game appearance since April 30, throwing a 1-2-3 fifth inning against Atlanta.

Earlier, Jeter singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking an ankle last fall in the AL Championship Series.


Carlos Santana homered, Robinson Cano had three hits and the Dominican Republic beat Spain 6-3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mike Aviles drove in three runs as Puerto Rico beat Venezuela 6-3. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic both advanced to the second round.

Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, helping Cuba rout Taiwan 14-0 in Tokyo.

Albert Pujols hit his first spring-training home run during the L.A. Angels’ 8-6 loss to Colorado in Tempe, Ariz.

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