August 17, 2006


Brawl game!

Bad blood between Angels, Rangers spills over


The Associated Press
Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Molina (28) and Adam Kennedy (2) and Texas Rangers’ Mark DeRosa (7), pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Gerald Laird tussle near the mound after Kennedy was hit by a Feldman pitch in the ninth inning in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday. The Rangers won 9-3.

By The Associated Press
Adam Kennedy decided enough was enough.
A volatile series turned violent when Kennedy charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Texas’ Scott Feldman, triggering a bench-clearing brawl in the Rangers’ 9-3 victory over the Angels.
Kennedy was the third batter to be hit in the game and the third Angels hitter plunked by Rangers pitchers in two days.
“All the points had been made,” Kennedy said. “You have a choice to go or not go and I decided to go. You wish it didn’t have to happen that way. It’s unfortunate because there’ll be fines and suspensions.”
On Tuesday night, Rangers starter Vicente Padilla was ejected for hitting two Angels players with pitches and nearly plunking a third.
The Angels appeared to retaliate in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s lopsided loss.
Reliever Kevin Gregg threw well behind Ian Kinsler, and plate umpire Sam Holbrook warned both dugouts. Gregg and Scioscia were ejected when the next batter, Michael Young, was hit in the back with a pitch.
“There was no intent,” said Scioscia, who closed the clubhouse for 25 minutes after the game to calm his team and get his players refocused on the AL West race.
Brendan Donnelly relieved and was thrown out after four pitches when he plunked Freddy Guzman. Bench coach Ron Roenicke, who took over for Scioscia, also was ejected.
“Baseball is baseball,” Donnelly said. “Things have a way of working themselves out.”
Kennedy was hit with two outs in the ninth. Feldman threw his glove down as Kennedy charged the mound and Feldman hit Kennedy in the armpit with a punch.
Feldman claimed the pitch got away from him.
“With the situation that occurred earlier, I can see why I got tossed for that,” Feldman said. “I was just trying to go inside. ... I wasn’t shocked. I looked up and (Kennedy) was coming at me.”
Rangers third baseman Mark DeRosa sprinted toward the mound and tackled Kennedy as both benches and bullpens emptied. Angels right-hander John Lackey ran from the dugout and had to be restrained from going after Texas players.
The umpires restored order about four minutes later.
Kennedy said he was left with no choice but to go after Feldman.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter was tossed out for a second straight game. Kennedy and Feldman were also ejected.
The Angels-Rangers feud started on Aug. 6 when Adam Eaton was thrown out of a game for throwing at Juan Rivera.
Eaton (3-2) was back on the mound Wednesday night, but didn’t come close to hitting anyone, during seven strong innings.
Rookie Nelson Cruz hit his first grand slam in an eight-run third inning for the Rangers to back Eaton.
Orioles 3, Yankees 2: Adam Loewen beat the Yankees for the second time in August, and four Baltimore relievers combined for shutout relief that stopped the Orioles’ five-game losing streak.
New York’s AL East lead over the second-place Red Sox was cut_to two games. After playing the_Orioles today, the Yankees head_to Boston for a five-game series that opens with a day-night doubleheader Friday.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 4: David Ortiz hit his major league-leading 42nd home run and David Wells pitched into the seventh, helping the Red Sox avoid a sweep.
Coco Crisp put the Red Sox on top with a two-run double in the sixth for Boston. Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Justin Verlander (14-6) into the Red Sox bullpen in the fifth to give Boston a 3-1 lead. He also leads the majors in RBIs with 113.
Devil Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: James Shields threw six solid innings to stop his six-game losing streak and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended their seven-game skid.
Shields (5-6) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in his first win since June 21. He had been winless in nine starts after winning four straight outings.
Royals 10, White Sox 4: Mark Grudzielanek hit a three-run homer and finished with three hits only hours after agreeing to a contract extension, and Adam Bernero pitched six shutout innings to lead Kansas City.
Bernero (1-0) won his first game as a starter in the majors since May 31, 2003. His last win came on June 18, 2005, with the Braves in Cincinnati.
Twins 7, Indians 2: Jason Bartlett had four hits and Luis Rodriguez added three to lead Minnesota, which moved within one game of AL wild-card leader Chicago.
Cleveland reliever Fausto Carmona (1-8) took the loss.
Sidearm specialist Pat Neshek_(2-0) earned the win in relief.
Athletics 4, Mariners 0: The A’s tied a major league record with their 15th straight win over Seattle.
Mark Ellis homered for the second time in three games with a three-run shot as the A’s matched the 1974 Atlanta Braves for the longest winning streak against a division opponent since divisional play started in 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Braves won 15 straight against the San Diego Padres that year.



Robinson facing many charges

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were so convinced Koren Robinson’s alcohol problems were in the past after a remarkable comeback and a trip to the Pro Bowl that they rewarded him with a three-year contract.
Now he’s in big trouble, and the team might be without one of its best offensive players for awhile.
Robinson’s blue BMW sedan was caught on radar going more than_100 mph in a 55 mph zone at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, and he refused to stop, St. Peter police chief Matt Peters said. Robinson was arrested by police about 10 miles away in Mankato, where the Vikings hold their training camp.
Robinson, a former first-round draft pick whose promising career with Seattle was derailed by alcohol problems, was charged Wednesday in Nicollet County with fleeing from police, a felony, along with two drunken driving charges and three other misdemeanors. The criminal complaint said a field test measured Robinson’s blood-alcohol content at 0.11 percent.
Chained at the ankles, he appeared at a brief court hearing wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. After posting $50,000 bail, Robinson left with his wife, Joy, a friend and his attorney, Joe Tamburino. He smiled, but didn’t respond to questions from reporters.