Well, that was a rather lame excuse for a brawl. More like a leisurely stroll out to the mound.
After quite a few hit batters in this game (Mike Lowell by Chien-Ming Wang, Josh Phelps by Tim Wakefield, Alex Rodriguez by Kyle Snyder, Robinson Cano by Javier Lopez), Scott Proctor got Kevin Youkilis right near his head with one out in the ninth inning. Youkilis hit the ground, and home plate umpire Brian O’Nora was out immediately to toss Proctor. The ball hit Youkilis on the top of his shoulder as he went down.
Youkilis, clearly steamed, advanced a few steps toward the pitcher, but was prevented from going too far by Jorge Posada.
Benches cleared, of course, but there was little more than a gathering in the infield.
Ron Villone is in the game to replace Proctor.