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The Orioles were in a near brawl last night in Detroit when O's pitcher Daniel Cabrera hit the Tigers' Gary Sheffield and two innings later, Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman had Baltimore's Miguel Tejada skipping rope.

Sheffield had the last word, as Sun baseball writer Jeff Zrebiec pointed out when the Tiger slugger "slammed and then thoroughly admired a two-run home run that broke a fifth-inning tie." Sheffield's shot lifted Detroit to an 8-4 win.

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Some timely intervention was a good thing.  As some Sun minions observed, that's not always the case. In 2002, 14 Orioles and Red Sox were disciplined in a bench-clearing melee sparked by pitches thrown by Boston's Derek Lowe and Baltimore's Scott Erickson.  In 1993, there was a 20-minute fracas between the Orioles and Mariners at Camden Yards. And in 1998, a nasty Orioles-Yankees fight broke out when Baltimore pitcher Armando Benitez drilled New York's  Tino Martinez after Benitez had given up a gopher ball to Bernie Williams.  For that one, the O's apologized.

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