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Charges to be sought in bullpen fight

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

BOSTON (AP) Police have decided to seek assault and battery charges against Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia for a bullpen brawl with a Red Sox employee.

David Procopio, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney, said police would ask a clerk-magistrate on Tuesday to schedule a hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to charge the players.

He said the hearing would probably be scheduled for November.

Garcia and Nelson, in Miami for Game 3 of the World Series against the Marlins, said they were unaware of the plan by police to seek the charges.

''There's nothing to say. We'll see what happens and go from there,'' said Garcia.

Paul Williams, a part-time grounds keeper at Fenway, contends the two Yankees attacked him for cheering for the Red Sox while he was working in New York's bullpen during the Oct. 11 game in the AL championship series. He was treated and released from a hospital after the fracas.

The Yankees have said Williams provoked them.

''It's still got to work its way out. It's a long way from being done,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.

Williams' mother, Phyllis, said her son had no comment Monday.

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said Monday that the ''last we heard, that matter was still under investigation.''

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