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Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches clear during ALDS game between A's and Tigers

A ninth-inning benches-clearing incident between the two teams. A's

closer Grant Balfour got into a shouting match with Victor Martinez.

They charged each other a bit, benches cleared, bullpens followed, but

nothing happened. Balfour is known to yell things at himself while he's

pitching. Things escalated from there, including some salty language

that was caught by the live TV camera. Martinez flew out to right field

when order was restored.
Mike Oz