St. Louis' Tony La Russa and Washington's Jim Riggleman separated as benches clear

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    Tony La Russa and Jim Riggleman had to be separated when both benches cleared Monday during a testy spring training game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

    The scuffle broke out after three batters were hit by pitches, but no punches were thrown and St. Louis reliever Miguel Batista was the only player ejected. The Nationals went on to a 7-2 victory.

    With his team trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning, Batista plunked Ian Desmond in the back. While making his way to first, Desmond jawed with Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz, who was walking behind him. Upon reaching first base, Desmond turned to the mound and yelled at Batista.

    The two were teammates last season with Washington.

    "Yeah, it was intentional, but I mean Miggy throws like Miss Iowa," Desmond said with a laugh. "We were really trying to keep the fans around. Once [Albert] Pujols came out of the game and [Chris] Carpenter came out of the game we knew they were going to leave so we decided to add a little entertainment."

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