Baseball turned into basebrawl at Yankee Stadium.
In one of the wildest fights in recent history, five players were ejected after the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles staged a 10-minute slugfest during the eighth inning of New York's 9-5 victory Tuesday night."It was the worst brawl I've seen in 25 years," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.
The fighting, which spilled into the Orioles dugout, took place in the first game at Yankee Stadium since David Wells' perfect game against Minnesota on Sunday.
The trouble started after Bernie Williams hit a three-run homer to put the Yankees ahead 7-5, and Armando Benitez drilled Tino Martinez in the upper back with his next pitch.
Plate umpire Drew Coble immediately ejected Benitez, and Darryl Strawberry and Chad Curtis led the Yankees' charge from the first-base dugout.
Benitez dropped his glove, motioning for Strawberry to fight, and then both teams went wild. At one point, Strawberry landed a flying hook to Benitez's head before falling into the third-base dugout.
After some more pushing and shoving, Yankees reliever Graeme Lloyd rushed from the bullpen and started swinging at Benitez.
BLUE JAYS 3, DEVIL RAYS 1: At Toronto, Woody Williams took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Jose Canseco hit a two-run homer as the Blue Jays snapped Tampa Bay's winning streak.
WHITE SOX 9, RED SOX 5: At Boston, Frank Thomas' three-run homer capped a six-run fifth inning, and Ruben Sierra and Ray Durham also homered.
TWINS 8, TIGERS 3: At Minneapolis, the Twins rebounded from David Wells' perfect game with 15 hits, including three from struggling Terry Steinbach. Steinbach, who sat out Sunday's 4-0 loss to Wells and the Yankees, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
INDIANS 16, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Sandy Alomar singled twice in a seven-run fifth inning as Cleveland handed the Royals their fourth straight loss.
RANGERS 10, MARINERS 4: At Arlington, Mike Simms and Mark McLemore hit three-run homers as the Texas Rangers beat Randy Johnson for the first time in 13 starts since 1993.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 3, 10 INNINGS: At Anaheim, Darin Ers-tad beat out an infield single and later scored on Mike Blowers' throw-ing error in the 10th inning.