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Astros a-buzz after heated Mexico-Canada tilt


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The bench-clearing fight between the Canadian and Mexican national teams in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night was a hot topic of discussion in the Astros' clubhouse Sunday morning.

Mexican-born pitcher Edgar Gonzalez hadn't heard about the fight until he arrived at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday and had teammates ask him about it. He pitched three innings Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and didn't get back to Kissimmee until late evening.

"Everyone was asking me what happened with the Mexican team, and I said, 'I don't know,'" he said. "I was too tired yesterday. As soon as I got here, I went to bed and went to sleep for the night. After the game today, I'm going to reach out to my friends that play on the Mexican team and figure out what's going on."

Left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard, who pitched for his native Canada in the Classic in 2006, saw the highlights as well and was more focused on the fact Canada that won the game, 10-3.

"It's fun to see your own country compete and show their talent," he said.

Bedard said Classic games are very intense, especially when put up against your run-of-the-mill Spring Training game.

"It's really competitive and you have a playoff atmosphere from Day 1," he said. "It's fun to represent your country."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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