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Spring Training gets ugly

The long awaited return of the Detroit Tigers, who are coming of an unexpected run to the World Series, that single handily brought baseball fever back to the “good ole’ D” is underway in Florida.

With a revamped line up courtesy of Mr. Sheffield and at worst the 3rd best rotation in the bigs, tensions seem to be high as the season is ready to get underway April 2nd.  See below:

Beaning incident leads to near-brawl

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAKELAND — Magglio Ordonez was hit in the side of the head by a breaking ball from Josh Beckett on Saturday, sending the Detroit slugger to the hospital and leading to a near scuffle between the Tigers and Boston Red Sox.Beckett plunked Gary Sheffield with a first-inning pitch and hit Ordonez in the third, forcing him from the game. He was treated at a hospital.Detroit reliever Todd Jones then threw behind Boston’s J.D. Drew in the fifth, and the benches and bullpens emptied. Players converged near home plate, but no punches were thrown.

Jones and Tigers manager Jim Leyland were ejected. In the clubhouse after Detroit’s 7-6 loss, Ordonez wore a bandage that covered much of his head.

Red Sox reliever Travis Hughes also hit Chris Shelton with a pitch in the eighth.

Eric Hinske’s grand slam off Justin Verlander keyed Boston’s five-run first inning.

Verlander, who struggled to keep the ball down, was touched for six runs and five hits in two innings. In his only previous spring training start, he gave up three earned runs in two innings against the New York Yankees.

Verlander allowed two hits and two walks against his first five batters.

Beckett gave up four hits and five runs in 32/3 innings.

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March 13, 2007 - Posted by | Just For Fun

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