Trial date to be set for Garcia, Nelson at hearing

BOSTON -- A judge has scheduled a May 25 pretrial hearing
for baseball players Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia, who are accused
of assault and battery in a brawl at a Red Sox playoff game last

Roxbury District Court Judge Edward Redd is expecting to set a
trial date at the May hearing, Suffolk district attorney's
spokesman David Procopio said Monday.

Attorneys for the players, who appeared Monday in court for the
five-minute hearing, didn't immediately return calls seeking

Nelson and Garcia are charged in connection with a fight that
broke out in the New York Yankees bullpen on Oct. 11, during Game
Three of the American League Championship Series between the
Yankees and the Sox.

Garcia now plays for the New York Mets, while Nelson plays for
the Texas Rangers.

Paul Williams Jr. of Derry, N.H., a part-time Fenway Park
groundskeeper and a special education teacher, is also facing
charges in a cross-complaint of assaulting Nelson. He is due back
in court for a pretrial hearing on April 5.

Williams has sued Nelson and Garcia for more than $33,000 for
medical bills and lost wages, claiming Nelson attacked him because
he was cheering for the Red Sox in the Yankee bullpen.

But Nelson has said it was Williams who provoked the fight after
the pitcher calmly asked him not to cheer for Boston.