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Benches clear after series of inside pitches

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A sequence of inside pitches touched
off a pair of scuffles between Tampa Bay and Boston during Sunday's
game, resulting in ejections of four players and both managers.

Boston's Manny Ramirez had to jump out of the way of a high and
inside pitch from Lance Carter with one out in the seventh. Red Sox
starter Bronson Arroyo had hit Aubrey Huff with a pitch one inning
earlier.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to talk
with plate umpire Ted Barrett after Carter's pitch. After no action
was taken by the umpires, Ramirez then homered on Carter's next
pitch.

Both dugouts and bullpens emptied when Carter's 1-2 pitch was
high and tight to the next batter, David Ortiz. The Boston
designated hitter took several steps toward the mound and was
restrained by Tampa Bay catcher Toby Hall and Barrett.

Carter, Piniella, Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton and Boston's Trot Nixon were then ejected after the game was delayed nine minutes.
Seth McClung struck out Ortiz when play resumed.

Both teams met again near the mound after Arroyo hit Chris
Singleton with his second pitch in the bottom of the seventh.
Arroyo and Francona were both tossed during a four-minute stoppage.

The Red Sox won 11-3.