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Yankees, Rays clear benches after pair of incidents

Updated: March 13, 2008, 12:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays brawled in the second inning of a spring training game Wednesday, an inning after Yankees pitcher Heath Phillips was ejected after hitting Rays prospect Evan Longoria with a pitch.

The escalation of bad blood between division rivals stemmed from a home plate collision in a spring training game four days ago that injured a Yankees catching prospect and irked Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

In the second ...

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