Benches clear at Rays vs Yankees after Chapman’s brushstroke

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The most intense part of Tuesday’s Yankees-Rays clash came after the final pitch.With two strikeouts and empty bases in the ninth inning, up 5 to 3, New York closer Aroldis Chapman shot a quick 101 mph to the head of Tampa Bay pinch hitter Mike Brosseau. Brosseau dodged the ground by inches; wide receiver Kyle Higashioka dodged too, as he flew towards the safety net.

The referees have warned both teams. (With two strikeouts and no one in the first, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had knocked out Rays third baseman Joey Wendle, who was laughing derisively as he made his way to the first. At 95.1 mi. / hr was the hardest pitch Tanaka had thrown all night.) Kevin Cash stormed out of the canoe and complained bitterly to team leader Chad Fairchild: If you think it was intentional enough to warn us, you should throw it out of the game. Fairchild let Cash declaim, then kicked him out. Eventually, play resumed and Chapman pulled Brosseau out to finish the game, then looked him down. The two teams spread out across the pitch and circled around until the refs separated them.



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