Fracas Mars White Sox- Royals Game

Monday, August 4, 2008

Miguel Olivo charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from D.J. Carrasco in the fifth inning yesterday in Kansas City, Mo., touching off a benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals.

Two innings later, Royals starter Zack Greinke was ejected with one out in the seventh when he hit Nick Swisher with a pitch after both dugouts had been warned. Royals Manager Trey Hillman also was ejected.

Carrasco was just brought in from the bullpen to replace starter Clayton Richard in the 14-3 loss to the Royals. Carrasco threw a pitch high and tight to Olivo, who ducked out of the way, and the ball struck his bat for a foul. On the ensuing pitch, Carrasco hit Olivo on the wrist and the Royals' catcher charged the mound.

"I closed my eyes and went to the mound," Olivo said. "In that situation, most of the pitchers don't throw me inside, but sliders away. If he would have hit me with the first pitch, I would have went to first base, but three times were inside. It seemed so obvious to me. I just do what I needed to do."

Olivo pulled up as if he was ready to punch Carrasco, a former Royals pitcher, when White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski grabbed him from behind. Olivo instead hit Pierzynski in the head, and by then both dugouts and bullpens had rushed the field.

Order was restored and Olivo, Carrasco and White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillén were ejected.

· YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera was unavailable to pitch because his back was bothering him.

"He had a little spasm," Manager Joe Girardi said after a 14-9 victory over the Angels.

Rivera said his back started nagging him between the shoulder blades after he took the loss in Friday night's 1-0 defeat. The all-star said it was nothing to be concerned about, but it was uncertain whether he'd be available to pitch tonight at Texas in the opener of a 10-game trip.

While the Yankees hit the road, OF Hideki Matsui is headed to Florida for rehabilitation on his swollen left knee.

Hoping to avoid season-ending surgery, Matsui was scheduled to go to the team's complex in Tampa today to continue his rehab program.

· RAYS: Trever Miller got the final two outs in the 10th inning to earn the win in yesterday's 6-5 victory over the Tigers. He did not have a decision in his previous 121 outings -- a major league record -- dating from a victory over Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2006.

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