Astros, Athletics clear benches as rivals’ tempers flare

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Benches cleared during the seventh inning of the Astros-Athletics series finale. Tempers flared at last between the AL West rivals months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers. Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh. He began exchanging words with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward Cintron. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach.