The Chicago Tribune reports on a brutal baseball game between the US and China that featured five American batters getting hit by Chinese pitches:
Our relations with China were nearly broken at the plate.
A near-brawl with our Olympic hosts in a baseball game won 9-1 by the U.S. team Monday night resulted in an unexpected outbreak of tension for the international pastime.
Three members of China's team were ejected from the game.
Two collisions at home plate led to an injury to a Chinese catcher and a confrontation with another.
An American player was then hit in the head with a pitch. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
"That was the last straw," said U.S. center fielder Nate Schierholtz, another of the principals.
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