Monday, March 10, 2014
The Associated Press
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 in 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 into the crowd.
Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the decidedly pro-Mexico crowd of 19,581. Seven players were ejected after umpires huddled, trying to sort out the frenzy.
Aceves was among four Mexican players thrown out; he was tossed to the ground by Philadelphia minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies during the height of the altercation, then rushed to rejoin the fray.
A day earlier, Mexico posted an emotional 5-2 over the United States without incident.
Mexico finished its Pool D play at 1-2. Canada is 1-1 going into a game Sunday against the United States.
• Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning as Cuba routed Taiwan 14-0 in an elimination game at Tokyo.
• Carlos Santana homered, Robinson Cano had three hits and the Dominican Republic beat Spain 6-3 at San Juan, Puerto Rico, to advance to the second round.
• Mike Aviles drove in three runs and Puerto Rico advanced to the second round with a 6-3 win over Venezuela at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
RED SOX: Dylan Bundy pitched two innings in his first spring start, helping Baltimore beat Boston 5-2 at Fort Myers, Fla.
Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011 draft, allowed one unearned run on a hit and two walks with a strikeout. The right-hander made his major league debut last September in Boston.
Bundy was relieved by Kevin Gausman, the No. 4 pick in the 2012 draft. He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.
Felix Doubront of Boston went three innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera made it official: This will be his final season.
• Derek Jeter, used as a designated hitter, singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking his left ankle on Oct. 13 in the AL Championship Series opener. Jeter grounded to third in his only other at-bat in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta at Tampa, Fla.
CARDINALS: Adam Wainwright struck out six in 42/3 innings as St. Louis shut out a Miami split squad 2-0 at Jupiter, Fla.
NATIONALS: Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive home runs, and Washington defeated a Miami split squad 8-7 at Viera, Fla.
BLUE JAYS: Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, doubled and scored twice for Toronto in a 4-2 victory against Detroit at Dunedin, Fla.
PIRATES: A.J. Burnett prepared for his opening-day start by allowing two runs and two hits in 42/3 innings in Pittsburgh's 5-4 loss to Minnesota at Bradenton, Fla.
RANGERS: Starter Matt Harrison was scratched because of an inflamed toe on his left foot, missing a split squad's 5-2 victory against San Diego at Peoria, Ariz.
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