Cubs' Lee, Padres' Young ejected after fight

Updated: June 16, 2007, 4:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee swung at San Diego pitcher Chris Young after he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning Saturday, setting off a benches-clearing skirmish between the teams.

The two players were ejected, as were Padres pitcher Jake Peavy and Chicago hitting coach Gerald Perry.

Young hit Lee in the back of the upper left arm with the pitch, knocking him to the ground. Lee got up, walked by Young on the way to first, then said something to the 6-foot-10, 260-pound right-hander.

After the pitcher apparently responded, Lee threw a punch that didn't land. Young tried to throw a punch back that missed. Then he and Lee tried to connect at the same time.

AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhChris Young returns a punch against Derrek Lee in the fourth inning after Young hit Lee with a pitch. Both were ejected.

By that time both benches had emptied, resulting in pushing, shoving and holding in a scrum as several players fell to the ground before order was restored.

The Padres were not happy Friday after Alfonso Soriano homered off David Wells, stopped at the plate to admire the ball and then started his home run trot with a few steps backward.

Young did not allow a hit in his three innings-plus Saturday and was replaced by Justin Hampson.


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