Benches clear during ALDS game between A's and Tigers

A ninth-inning benches-clearing incident between the two teams. A's

closer Grant Balfour got into a shouting match with Victor Martinez.

They charged each other a bit, benches cleared, bullpens followed, but

nothing happened. Balfour is known to yell things at himself while he's

pitching. Things escalated from there, including some salty language

that was caught by the live TV camera. Martinez flew out to right field

when order was restored.
Mike Oz

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Benches cleared after Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) got into it in the ninth inning in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park.

Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers is held back while exchanging words with Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning of Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Home plate umpire Gary Darling warns both benches following an incident between players in the ninth inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on October 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Players gather on the field after words were exchanged between Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics and Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)