Detroit Tigers defeat Baltimore Orioles, 8-4

Tempers flare An inning and a half after Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera hit Detroit slugger Gary Sheffield with a pitch, Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman threw a ball at Miguel Tejada's feet, forcing him to jump to avoid being hit.

Tejada pointed his bat at Bonderman and, all of a sudden, it was on. Both benches cleared in the 3-3 game in the fifth, with Tejada, third base coach Juan Samuel and Cabrera, along with the Tigers' Sheffield, Joel Zumaya and Ivan Rodriguez, be...

DETROIT -- Kevin Millar was not in the Orioles' starting lineup for the fifth time in the past eight games last night, and he acknowledged that the frustration is starting to build.

"It's getting there," said Millar, clearly measuring his words. "I am just going to be patient at this time and let things play out. It always works out. But it's been frustrating. We've been losing a lot. We were playing good as a group and then we got in a tough spell as a team. Personally...

DETROIT -- When the benches cleared in the top of the fifth inning, a mass of players darting in from different directions and converging at home plate, several players and umpires got between Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera and Detroit Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield. That perhaps was the only thing that prevented a mouthy and at times cantankerous standoff from becoming a full-fledged melee.

But this time, there was nobody in between the two. It was just the 6-foot-9, 26...