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Angels, Rangers rumble in batting practice

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy and Texas Rangers catcher Gerald Laird got into a scuffle
during batting practice Tuesday, a carry-over from a dispute the
night before.

Laird thought Kennedy intentionally tried to get hit by one of
Ryan Drese's pitches with the bases loaded and two outs in the
second inning of Texas' 6-1 victory Monday night, and said
something to Kennedy when he came up again in the fifth.

"Obviously, it wasn't quite resolved," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said.

Kennedy was standing behind the batting cage Tuesday and was
approached by Laird as the Angels were concluding batting practice
and the Rangers were finishing their pregame stretching. Moments
later, the two were in a tussle that spilled over to the warning
track between home plate and the first base dugout.

Soon every player from each team was involved in the skirmish,
with players pushing, shoving and grabbing each other before order
was restored approximately four minutes later. It was unclear
whether any punches were thrown.

"I'm surprised. It was stupid, to be honest. But it was fun,
though," Texas outfielder Brian Jordan said.

Kennedy and Laird declined to speak with reporters about the
fight.

"I've never seen anything like that before a game," said Eric Young of the AL West-leading Rangers. "I don't think it had
anything to do with the heat of a pennant race. … To me, it's
over with."

Laird, who came off the disabled list last Friday, didn't start
Tuesday because he had played the night before. Kennedy batted
ninth for the Angels.

"I'm in the dugout, not on the field, and I trust our players'
evaluations," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "It's certainly
something we talked about during the game last night. I guess just
being a more competitive team this year, those things are a
derivative of it."