Fight breaks out in Mariners’ clubhouse

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — A brawl involving several players broke out in the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse Tuesday night several hours before a game at Safeco Field.

Shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino and other players were involved in the skirmish.

Moments after center fielder Dee Gordon politely asked reporters to leave the locker room, the double doors burst open with players shoving and shouting.

“Things happen in a clubhouse,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Our guys are working through it and talking through it. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.”

Servais, who normally meets media members in his office before each game, spoke in the dugout before the game against Baltimore.

“It happens a lot more than you know. Almost every year you see it. Sometimes it brings teams together,” he said. “Things reach a boiling point and you have to get it off your chest.”

“With how our season has gone, the frustration mounts. Along the way, there are bumps in the road,” he said.

The Mariners have gone through a rough few months.

Seattle was 46-25 on June 16 and 111/2 games ahead of Oakland in the wild-card standings. The Mariners went into the day 77-61 and 5 ¢ games behind the A’s in the chase for the second AL wild-card spot.

Making it official

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard has officially retired nearly two years after he last played in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 2006 NL MVP spent 13 seasons with the Phillies and helped them win five division titles and the 2008 World Series. He hit 382 homers and had 1,194 RBIs with a .258 career average.

The 38-year-old Howard made his announcement in an article for The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday.

After becoming a free agent following 2016, Howard played briefly in Triple-A for affiliates of the Braves and Rockies in 2017.

Howard was a three-time NL All-Star, the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year and was runner up in MVP voting in 2008. He hit three home runs in the 2008 World Series when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay.

Rizzo leaves game early

MILWAUKEE — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a bruised right foot.

The injury occurred when Rizzo fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning while batting against Milwaukee starter Wade Miley. Rizzo stayed in the game until being replaced on a double-switch in the sixth. Victor Caratini took over at first.

The NL Central-leading Cubs said X-rays on Rizzo’s foot were negative.

Rizzo entered the game hitting .284 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs.

Franco not feeling well

MIAMI — Phillies infielder Maikel Franco has reported worsening soreness in his right wrist, and he’s expected to return to Philadelphia for evaluation by a specialist.

Earlier X-rays were negative, but Franco missed his second game in a row Tuesday in Miami, and he’ll likely undergo an MRI.

He’s batting .267 with 22 homers and 66 RBIs.

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