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...
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.
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