Larry Walker and the Colorado Rockies will have to wait a while before they can settle their differences with Sterling Hitchcock and the San Diego Padres.
Walker and Hitchcock were ejected after the benches cleared Sunday in the Padres' 10-6 win over the Rockies at Tucson, Ariz.Walker, upset that Hitchcock plunked Rockies pitcher John Thomson earlier in the fifth inning, began approaching the mound when he was hit in the right shoulder by a pitch.
The NL MVP flipped his bat in Hitchcock's direction, but was held back by Padres catcher Greg Myers. The benches emptied, but no punches were thrown.
"I got rid of my stick, but I had trouble getting my gloves off," said Walker, who played junior hockey in Canada. "Plus I didn't have my jersey tied down. I was going for a double minor. I didn't want a major."
The trouble started in the third inning when Hitchcock threw behind Walker. In the top of the fifth, Thomson threw a pitch over Hitchcock's head.
"Nothing was done on purpose other than the fact that he threw one at my head, and I threw one at him and that was it," Hitchcock said.
Rockies manager Don Baylor shouted at Hitchcock after Thomson was hit.
"This team has a memory," Baylor said. "We'll face him again sometime during the season, and we'll take care of it ourselves."
The Rockies and Padres do not meet again in spring training. They play 12 times in the regular season, all after the All-Star break.
REDS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: At Dunedin, Fla., Roger Clemens pitched seven scoreless innings and held Cincinnati to one hit.
ORIOLES 3, EXPOS 2: At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cal Ripken hit his first home run of the spring as Baltimore sent Montreal to its 13th straight loss.
Ripken hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Carlos Perez as the Orioles won for the seventh time in the last eight games.
YANKEES 2, RANGERS 0: At Tampa, Fla., David Cone pitched seven strong innings and Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer.
BRAVES 5, TIGERS 3: At Kissimmee, Fla., Tom Glavine pitched seven scoreless innings and Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer for Atlanta.
PIRATES 7, PHILLIES 0: At Clearwater, Fla., Francisco Cordova worked six scoreless innings as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.
INDIANS 6, MARLINS 0: At Viera, Fla., Jaret Wright allowed one hit in five innings and Jim Thome hit a two-run homer as Cleveland beat Florida in a rematch of the World Series.
TWINS 5, RED SOX 4: At Fort Myers, Fla., Bob Tewksbury allowed three hits in six shutout innings as Minnesota beat Boston.
ASTROS 7, ROYALS 6: At Haines City, Fla., Russ Johnson and J.R. Phillips homered in a six-run eighth inning as Houston rallied past Kansas City.
DEVIL RAYS 7, CARDINALS 6: At Jupiter, Fla., Paul Sorrento hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay rallied for five runs in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Jeff Brantley.
BREWERS 9, GIANTS 7 : At Phoenix, Bobby Hughes hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th Inning, lifting Milwaukee over San Francisco.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, ATHLETICS 2: At Tucson, Ariz., Devon White homered during a seven-run second inning and Arizona defeated Oakland.
MARINERS 11, CUBS 5: At Peoria, Ariz., Edgar Martinez and Dan Rohrmeier each homered and Moyer pitched 51/3 innings as Seattle beat Chicago.
WHITE SOX 6, ANGELS 5: At Tempe, Ariz., Robert Machado hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Mike James, rallying Chicago over Anaheim.
DODGERS 5, METS 3: At Vero Beach, Fla., Wilton Guerrero hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, sending Los Angeles over New York.