Heated words exchanged; four ejected

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

"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

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.