Hearing for Nelson, Garcia delayed
BOSTON -- A hearing to determine whether New York Yankees Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia will face charges for a bullpen fight with a Boston Red Sox employee was postponed Friday and rescheduled for Dec. 12.
Boston police have said Nelson and Garcia assaulted part-time Fenway Park groundskeeper Paul Williams during the ninth inning of New York's 4-3 win in Game 3 of the AL championship series Oct. 11.
The players said Williams provoked them by cheering for the Red Sox in the Yankees' bullpen.
Williams, 24, of Derry, N.H., was treated at a hospital and released wearing a neck brace. The fight followed a bench-clearing melee in the game.
The probable cause hearing is to determine whether Nelson and Garcia should be charged with assault and battery. Garcia's lawyer requested more time to prepare.
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