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Orioles, Red Sox empty benches after Cabrera's close pitch

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox
charged from the dugouts and bullpens Friday night after Orioles
pitcher Daniel Cabrera threw a high pitch behind the ear of
Dustin Pedroia.

The pitch came in the fourth inning, immediately after Cabrera
was called for a balk that forced in a run to give Boston a 3-0
lead.

As soon as the pitch sailed past Pedroia, plate umpire Mike
DiMuro issued a warning to both teams as the Red Sox collectively
emerged from the dugout, led by manager Terry Francona.

Order was quickly restored, but Baltimore catcher Ramon
Hernandez waved his arms toward the Boston dugout. At that point,
the Red Sox spilled back onto the field and several players from
both teams ran in from the bullpen, including at least two who
jumped over the 7-foot wall.

The 6-foot-9 Cabrera motioned for the Red Sox to come out and
fight. He threw down his glove, and his jersey came undone as he
attempted to tear away from the grasp of first base umpire Bill
Welke.

Cabrera was ejected from the game, a ruling that drew a lengthy,
heated argument from Orioles manager Dave Trembley.

Trembley and the Orioles are enduring the team's most horrid
stretch of the season. The team entered the game with 14 losses in
16 games, including 10 straight at home, tying an Orioles record
set in 1954.

When order was restored, Brian Burres retired Pedroia on a fly
to center.