Texas Pitcher Sparks Brawl at Oakland
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By The Associated Press
Texas reliever Frank Francisco aka Asshate needed just one dangerous throw to overshadow an exciting back-and-forth game with a playoff atmosphere.
During an altercation with Oakland fans next to the bullpen in the ninth inning Monday night, Francisco threw a folding chair into the stands, hitting a man in the head and breaking a woman's nose.
``I don't know about rivalry, but all these games are going to be intense from here on out,'' Oakland's Eric Chavez said. ``It was almost like a kickoff of a football game.''
Texas took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th before the A's rallied against Rangers Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom half to win 7-6. There were five lead changes, all after the fourth inning, in the game that ended on Chavez's RBI single.
``Too many twists and turns in that game,'' A's manager Ken Macha said.
With the victory, the A's maintained their two-game lead in the AL West over Anaheim, which beat Seattle 5-1. In other AL games, it was: Kansas City 17, New York 8; Baltimore 9, Toronto 1; and Minnesota 5, Detroit 3.
Texas' Alfonso Soriano tied it at 5 with two outs in the ninth on his second homer of the night. Moments later, the Rangers' bench and bullpen cleared.
Reliever Doug Brocail was seen screaming at a male fan, and the pitcher had to be restrained by teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Others also had to be held back.
Francisco, amid a crowd of players, then tossed a chair at a fan in a lower box to the left of the bullpen along the right-field line. Francisco pitched in the seventh inning, but was still in uniform.
``Tonight it went over the line,'' Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. ``It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We've had problems about every time we've come here.'' ( O well your a grown man, if you can't handle people saying your mommy is a snowblower maybe you shouldn't be playing baseball, I sure hope that lady sues. Athletics are a'holes alot of times just like that Rocker guy another asshat
Security ran to the scene and a small section of fans was cleared from their seats. Play resumed after a 19-minute delay, with Dave Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, standing in front of that section for the remainder of the game.
``From what I understand there was some calls made to security early during the game but I have no idea what started it out there,'' umpire crew chief Joe Brinkman said.
In the bottom of the 10th, Mark McLemore drew a bases-loaded walk to score the tying run, then Chavez broke an 0-for-13 stretch with a sinking liner to shallow center off Cordero (3-2), who blew his fourth save in 48 chances.
Justin Duchscherer (6-6) pitched the 10th to earn the victory.
Royals 17, Yankees 8
At Kansas City, Mo., John Buck hit a three-run homer and Angel Berroa had two hits and scored twice in the Royals' 10-run fifth inning.
Kansas City sent 15 men to the plate against four pitchers in the biggest inning against the Yankees since Boston scored 11 in a 13-7 victory in 1998.
It was the Royals' second big inning in a week. On Thursday, Kansas City scored 11 runs in the third inning of a 26-5 victory in Detroit.
Brian Anderson (4-11) gave up nine hits and three runs in six innings. Brad Halsey (1-3) took the loss.
Orioles 9, Blue Jays 1
At Toronto, Bruce Chen won for the first time in more than two years, and Rafael Palmeiro homered during Baltimore's five-run opening inning.
Chen (1-0) allowed just five hits and a run in his first career complete game and first victory since April 21, 2002, for Montreal against the New York Mets.
Toronto starter Justin Miller (3-4), pitching a day after his grandfather died, got two outs in the first before allowing seven straight batters to reach base.
Twins 5, Tigers 3
At Detroit, Lew Ford homered and drove in two runs to back a strong outing by Brad Radke, helping Minnesota complete a four-game sweep.
Radke (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings, and Joe Nathan got the final out for his 43rd save in 46 chances.
Jason Johnson (8-14) allowed four runs - three earned - and 10 hits in seven innings.
Angels 5, Mariners 1
At Seattle, Kelvim Escobar (10-10) pitched seven strong innings and Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer, helping Anaheim pull within 4 1/2 games of idle Boston in the AL wild-card race.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki was hitless - 0-for-4 with a walk - for the third time in four games. Rookie Cha Seung Baek (1-3) was the loser.
We expect that!
So, are any criminal charges going to be filed?
I am certainly not an advocate of frivolous law suits, but I'd say in this case I hope she does sue the shit out of them!!! What an ASSHAT!!!