MLB fines four for ALCS incident

Updated: October 12, 2003, 7:02 PM ET

NEW YORK - Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox and Karim Garcia and bench coach Don Zimmer of the New York Yankees on Sunday were fined for their actions in Game Three of the American League Championship Series.

Amounts of the fine were undisclosed, according to a statement from Major League Baseball vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson. No players or coaches were suspended.

The fines were levied in response to the fourth-inning brawl on Saturday. A separate altercation involving Garcia, Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and Red Sox groundskeeper Paul Williams in the bullpen in the ninth inning remains under review.

The incident began when Martinez drilled Garcia with a fastball in the top of the fourth inning of New York's 4-3 victory in Game Three. Garcia glared at Martinez and later employed a hard slide on second baseman Todd Walker while trying to break up a double. The pair exchanged words as Garcia ran off the field.

In the bottom of the inning, Ramirez took exception to a high fastball from Yankees starter Roger Clemens and attempted to charge Clemens while wielding his bat. Plate umpire Alfonso Marquez and Yankees catcher Jorge Posada intervened with the irate Ramirez as both benches emptied.

Zimmer, the 72-year-old bench coach to manager Joe Torre and a former Red Sox manager, made a beeline towards Martinez, who had strayed out of his dugout. As Zimmer attempted to raise his left hand, Martinez grabbed him by the face and threw him to the ground.

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