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Benches, pens clear after Astros pitch drills Rangers' García





ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tempers flared and both dugouts emptied in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday, moments after Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García was hit in the left arm by a first-pitch fastball from Houston Astros reliever Bryan Abreu.

The hit by pitch, on a 99-mph fastball, came two innings after García hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Justin Verlander and celebrated emphatically, walking halfway up the first-base line and slamming his bat onto the ground before rounding the bases.