Investigation continues in Yankees bullpen fight

Tuesday, October 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston police are ``going slowly and following the evidence where it leads'' as they investigate a brawl in the bullpen during the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

``There's no artificial time table. ... The important thing is to just take our time and talk to everyone who should be spoken to,'' said Suffolk District Attorney's spokesman David Procopio.

Procopio said that if police find enough evidence to bring charges against two Yankees players, they will ask a clerk-magistrate in Roxbury District Court to schedule a show-cause hearing to decide whether there is probable cause to charge the players.

Paul Williams, 24, of Derry, N.H., was treated and released from a hospital after a fracas with reliever Jeff Nelson, right fielder Karim Garcia and several other Yankees during the ninth inning of New York's 4-3 win in Saturday's Game 3 of the series.

An incident report filed shortly after the game by two Boston police officers indicated that police would seek assault and battery charges against the two players. But police have insisted they are still investigating, and no decision has been made on whether to seek charges.

``It's still under investigation. You never can tell the way an investigation is going,'' said police spokesman John Boyle.