Jorge Posada and Toronto reliever Jesse Carlson got into a fight near home plate, leading to a frenzied, bench-clearing brawl between the Yankees and Blue Jays in the eighth inning.
Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and All-Star second baseman Aaron Hill were hit by pitches Tuesday night before Carlson threw behind Posada in the eighth. Posada glared out at the mound and Carlson motioned toward him as the benches and bullpens emptied.
Order was quickly restored, but moments later a fight broke out. Posada brushed Carlson after crossing the plate on Brett Gardner‘s double, prompting plate umpire Jim Joyce to eject Posada.
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Carlson shouted at the Yankees‘ star catcher, who came back at Carlson.
The two wrestled to the ground as the benches and bullpens emptied and other scuffles broke out between home plate and the New York dugout.
Yankees manager was caught in the middle of the brawl and emerged with cut and a bruise on his head.