Yost Hopes Altercation with Players Sparks Struggling Brewers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers manager Ned Yost hopes an altercation he had with two of his players during Thursday's game will spark his struggling team.

Milwaukee has lost 10 of its last 14 games, including a 12-4 loss to the New York Mets last night.

The Brewers entered today tied for first in the N.L. Central with the Chicago Cubs, just weeks after leading the division by eight games.

Yost says today he hopes yesterday's incident shows the desire and intensity they have to win.

The skirmish happened after the Mets scored three runs in the seventh inning, helped by shortstop J.J. Hardy's error.

When the half-inning ended, catcher Johnny Estrada and Yost got into a heated dispute in the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse.

Yost declined to give specifics of the incident.

Published reports say Estrada and infielder Tony Graffanino were sticking up for an unnamed player that Yost had singled out for poor play.

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