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Beanball brouhaha

Posted By on 08.18.08 at 04:01 PM

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Ted Cox e-mails the following about the baseball game between the U.S. and China broadcast today, which the U.S. won 9-1:

"Things getting interesting in the big U.S.-China baseball showdown. China hit four U.S. batters, and one guy who got hit responded by plowing over the Chinese catcher at home plate when he got the chance. The Chinese responded to that by beaning Matt LaPorta -- the guy the Tribe got from the Brewers in exchange for Sabathia -- in the ear. "

The BBC reports three ejections for China--including manager Jim Lefebvre.

More from Ted:

"Get this: the Chinese got their one run in the 9th on a homer by Yang Yang, the catcher who had been plowed over by Schierholtz after he was hit earlier in the inning. Yang ran the bases full speed holding his no. 1 index finger in the air, then stomped on home plate. Pitcher Blaine Neal shoulda dusted the next guy off, but simply retired the side for the win, although on the last out, a comebacker to the mound, he did make a point of running over and tagging the batter as he came up the line."

LaPorta has a mild concussion.

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