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Brewers bully Indians

Published Jun. 2, 1996|Updated Sep. 16, 2005

A day after Albert Belle's violent forearm triggered a brawl, the Indians and Brewers cleared the benches just seven pitches into Saturday's game, a 2-1 victory by Milwaukee.

The ill feelings from Friday night's fight, precipitated by Belle's hit to Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina's nose, carried over on an early pickoff play involving Vina and Kenny Lofton.

This time, though, there were no punches thrown and no umpires hurled to the ground.

Lofton led off the game with a double, then gave Vina a shove after pitcher Angel Miranda tried to pick him off _ just two minutes into one of Fox Sports' inaugural baseball telecasts.

"He tried to block the base and I was already there. He shoved his knee into me," explained Lofton. "And he said, "You'd better watch that stuff.' I said, "You want some of me? I'm right here. Come and get it.' "

Vina said both teams still were seething over Friday night's fracas.

"We started jawing and we almost went at it," he said. "I was upset from last night. But I always play hard.

"I'm going to go in there with a hard tag _ just like Albert did last night, he came hard into me."

Miranda hit Carlos Baerga with a pitch in the third, and Jack McDowell (5-4) hit Vina in the foot in the fourth, but there were no further incidents.

David Hulse's first RBI of the season capped a two-out, two-run rally in the seventh inning that won it for the Brewers.

Report questions Yankees doctors

NEW YORK _ The aneurysm in David Cone's right shoulder that has sidelined him indefinitely had been detected before the Yankees pitcher made his most recent start, according to a published report.

Today's New York Times quoted an unidentified doctor involved in the case as saying the aneurysm was known to some of Cone's doctors before he pitched May 2.

The unidentified doctor, whom the Times said saw results of angiogram X-rays taken April 26, said he found "no ambiguity or equivocation about what the findings were."

Stuart Hershon, the Yankees team doctor who is directing Cone's care, said the official report of the April 26 angiogram was negative for an aneurysm.

ATHLETICS: DH Pedro Munoz left the game before the third inning because of pain in his left knee.

BREWERS: OF Chuckie Carr's reconstructive knee surgery went better than expected; he is set to begin rehabilitation Monday.

RANGERS: OF Juan Gonzalez was activated from the DL. RHP Rick Helling was optioned to Triple-A.

YANKEES: Ruben Sierra started at DH, a day after he was benched by manager Joe Torre. When he learned he was sitting out Friday, Sierra complained that Torre had lied since spring training about getting more time in the outfield. Torre said he never guaranteed Sierra anything. Sierra has played five games in the outfield this season.

MANTLE ESTATE: Upper Deck says it will appeal an arbitration panel's decision awarding $4.9-million to the Mickey Mantle estate in a 2-year-old case.

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