Having a laugh during the fight

October 27, 1995|By BUSTER OLNEY

CLEVELAND -- When benches and bullpens cleared during the first-inning confrontation between Cleveland designated hitter Eddie Murray and Braves pitcher Greg Maddux, Atlanta left fielder Luis Polonia was standing at the mound when he suddenly felt something thump off the back of his head.

Polonia turned around, stunned, probably looking for somebody to hit. But it was Indians reliever Julian Tavarez, who jokingly had picked up the bag of rosin and knocked it lightly against Polonia's head. Tavarez put Polonia in a headlock, and the two men laughed as the fight broke up.

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