Notes on a day in baseball:
• Not-Quite-Fighting Erupts In Detroit. Oh, The Averted Horror. All kinds of barking and near fisticuffs in Detroit on Monday, and in the end Gary Sheffield settled it all with his bat. No, not that way; he homered off of Daniel Cabrera in the fifth — after arguing with Cabrera a few pitches before — and the Tigers beat the Orioles 8-4. Cabrera had hit Sheffield with a pitch in the third, and the pitcher was yelling at Tigers manager Jim Leyland in the fifth, which set off Sheffield. "You back your manager," Sheffield said. "When Cabrera started chirping at him, that's when I said something." Sheffield then homered deep to left — a two-run shot — and took his sweet time traversing the bases, which put everyone back on edge. Later that inning, Detroit's Miguel Tejada started toward the mound to get at Jeremy Bonderman, who had thrown a pitch at his ankles. Miguel was intercepted, however.
• With A Heavy Heart. Talk about a rough day to go to work. Braves pitcher Tim Hudson got word on Sunday that his college teammate, Josh Hancock, was killed in an auto accident, and his grandmother had died. But Hudson still pitched on Monday, going eight innings in the Braves' 5-2 win over the Phillies. Andruw Jones won it with a three-run homer in the ninth. Hudson and Hancock played at Auburn in 1997.
• Park Closed For Repairs. The Marlins ruined Chan Ho Park's debut for the Mets, as Hanley Ramirez homered to lead a 9-6 win. But anyway, welcome back!
• Pirate Booty. Did you know that Jason Bay has 100 career homers? His two-out shot in the eighth led the Pirates over the Cubs 3-2.