A sleepy end-of-game between the Yankees and Blue Jays became a bloody mess Tuesday night as an eighth-inning brawl featuring Jorge Posada...

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NEW YORK — A sleepy end-of-game between the Yankees and Blue Jays became a bloody mess Tuesday night as an eighth-inning brawl featuring Jorge Posada and Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson turned the area between home plate and the first-base dugout into a giant mosh pit.

After it was over, Carlson was bleeding from a cut on his forehead and Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a pin-sized scrape on his left ear. Carlson and Posada were ejected suspensions likely to follow — and the Blue Jays went on to a 10-4 win without further incident at Yankee Stadium.

The melee began after Posada scored on a double by Brett Gardner and made contact with Carlson after crossing home plate. The left-hander had thrown behind Posada earlier in the inning, missing him, in apparent retaliation for a pair of Blue Jays batters who were hit by pitches earlier in the game.

“As he ran past Carlson, he gave him a little shove with his elbow. It was very unsportsmanlike,” plate umpire Jim Joyce told a pool reporter. “It was a cheap shot.”

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The game was interrupted for about 10 minutes. When play resumed, there were only three umpires on the field. Third-base umpire and crew chief Derryl Cousins was missing — it wasn’t immediately clear if he got hurt during the fight.


Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the disabled list just in time to show the Boston Red Sox he can help them in the playoffs.

Matsuzaka returned from a three-month stint on the DL with six shutout innings on Tuesday night to lead the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Angels, their likely first-round playoff opponent.

“We’re in the middle of a playoff race, and we don’t have a lot of leeway,” said Matsuzaka, who hadn’t pitched for Boston since June 19 and hadn’t won since June 2. “I just want to do my best to contribute.”

Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees hope a little rest now will go a long way toward a healthy October.

Pettitte’s next turn in the Yankees’ rotation will be skipped because the left-hander has a tired pitching shoulder. He was slated to start tonight against Toronto. Instead, Chad Gaudin will get the ball and Pettitte will be pushed back to Monday.

• Oft-injured Houston pitcher Mike Hampton, 37, is already out for next year. Hampton has undergone surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and other damage in his shoulder that will sideline him for 2010.

• The Detroit Tigers will honor Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park. The Detroit Free Press reports that Harwell will be honored tonight during a game against the Kansas City Royals. The 91-year-old recently announced he has inoperable cancer.

Jake Peavy will start Saturday at home against Kansas City. It will be Peavy’s first start for the White Sox since they acquired the right-hander from the San Diego.

• Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez has earned $18 million with a fifth-inning ground ball. The at-bat was Ordonez’s 1,080th plate appearance since the start of the 2008 season, the number that he needed to automatically trigger his $18 million contract option for 2010.

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