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Immediate ejections for hit batters, retaliation

Updated: May 23, 2005, 7:52 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Before the first brushback, beaning or hint of bad blood, Major League Baseball put the Twins and Indians on notice: No fighting. Or else.

Because of the testiness that has defined the Minnesota-Cleveland rivalry in recent years, baseball notified both managers that there will be a zero-tolerance policy during their four-game series this week.

Any pitcher who intentionally hits a batter or any retaliation by a hitter will result in immediate ejections.

When the teams ...

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