Notorious Basebrawls

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Text: Jay Jaffe,
Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP

Non-Homer Celebration Incites Brawl

Carlos Gomez's penchant for admiring his home runs has been known to rub opponents the wrong way. On Sunday afternoon, the Pirates took umbrage at his reaction to a ball that the Brewers centerfielder thought he had hit out — but did not — and his response triggered a bench-clearing brawl. Gomez threw punches at Pittsburgh's Travis Snider, then sparred with Russell Martin; both Pirates had come off the bench to join the scrum. Gomez broke away and then Snider pushed him down before being tackled by Rickie Weeks and punched by Martin Maldonado. After a delay of several minutes, Gomez, Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron were all ejected, while Cole remained in the game.

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