Heated words exchanged; four ejected

Updated: April 2, 2004, 12:14 AM ET
Associated Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Vernon Wells and Carlos Delgado hit consecutive homers off Brett Myers in the first inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 Thursday.

Phillies third baseman David Bell was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Miguel Batista in the second inning.

Bell went down but immediately bounced back up and started walking toward first base. After being examined by a trainer, he walked off the field under his own power. He was taken back to the Phillies' complex in nearby Clearwater.

Several beanballs, four ejections and heated words between the teams followed.

Batista also hit Shawn Wooten on the left hip with a pitch in the fourth inning, and first base umpire Marty Foster warned both benches.

"I said to the umps, 'It's our last day here and I am tired of our guys getting hit,' " Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Philadelphia players have been hit by pitches 22 times this spring in 29 games.

Phillies reliever Ryan Madson threw behind Frank Catalanotto, so Madson and Bowa were ejected.

Batista and Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca were tossed after the right-hander threw up and in to Todd Pratt leading off the fifth.

"Who is going to hit anybody with a changeup?" Batista said. "It was stupid, the only one who thought it was intentional was the home plate umpire. Even Pratt looked at me going, 'It's a changeup, of course it's a changeup.' "

The benches cleared in a spring training game between these teams last year, when Rheal Cormier tried to hit Roy Halladay twice and missed. Halladay had earlier hit Jim Thome with a pitch.

Batista also hit Houston's Adam Everett with a pitch that glanced off his shoulder and struck him in the cheek and nose on March 27.

Delgado returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a sore left knee.

Eric Hinske added a two-run shot in the third off Myers, and Kevin Cash hit a solo homer off Roberto Hernandez in the fifth.

Wells had four hits. Hinske and Greg Myers each added three hits.

Batista threw 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

"I thought it was outstanding," Tosca said. "I thought it was as good a stuff as he has had all year long."

Batista pitched three more simulated innings in the bullpen to get his pitch count over 100.

Brett Myers lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and nine hits.

Game notes
Pat Burrell struck out three times. ... The Phillies reassigned IF Brian Hitchcox to their minor league camp. ... Toronto assigned OF Chad Hermanson to its minor league camp. ... Toronto will carry 12 pitchers on its Opening Day roster, including RHP Sean Douglass, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday from the Twins. ... 2B Orlando Hudson was a late scratch for the second game in a row due to a mild oblique strain.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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