This is a little more drama then you normally see in the spring, but both benches have cleared today in the Red Sox-Tigers tilt. Josh Beckett plunked Gary Sheffield, and later hit Magglio Ordonez in the head with a hanging curve ball. According to Jim Price, there were several more pitches that were up and in. Todd Jones came in a couple innings later. He pitched to Jason Varitek and then buzzed JD Drew with the first pitch. The next pitch was a fastball that went behind Drew. At that point, Jones was tossed. When Leyland came into get Jones and summon Jose Mesa from the bullpen there were words between Leyland and the Red Sox third base coach. Benches cleared and there was a lot of nothing happening.
Jim Leyland seemed to be the catalyst. This may remain interesting because all the principles involved were regular players.
The two teams meet for the first time in the regular season on May 14th in Boston. This is the only time they meet in the preseason.