Ortiz fights O’s reliever Gregg

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and Baltimore reliever

Kevin Gregg have been ejected for fighting in the eighth inning

Friday night.

Neither player connected after a flurry of punches in the second

confrontation between the two in the inning.

Gregg had thrown two pitches inside to Ortiz, who started toward

the mound after the second. Players from both benches and bullpens

trotted onto the field, but nothing developed.

Gregg then got Ortiz to pop out and shouted something to the

Boston slugger, who charged and met Gregg about halfway between the

mound and first base line.

Umpire Mike Estabrook, who had already ejected Gregg, couldn’t

quite reach Ortiz in time to stop him. The benches and bullpens

cleared again and took several minutes to settle down as Boston

fans cheered ”Pa-pi!”

Ortiz and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia were both ejected for

Boston. Gregg and reliever Jim Johnson were tossed for the

Orioles.