That pitch appeared to be in retaliation for Austin's hard slide in the third inning when his lead foot clipped the foot of Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt during a force out.
Kelly was suspended and fined for "intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting", MLB's statement read. The two teams will meet again for a series in NY next month, though it will be September when this rivalry really heats up. As if the rivalry needed more fuel, Rodriguez and Varitek provided it after Red Sox starter plunked the Yankees third baseman on the elbow.
There was no knockout blow from the Red Sox.
"I took exception, " Cora said. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated.
In the wake of this incident, the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman erred on the opinion that "there was no reason for fisticuffs", but, when "two competitive teams [are] going at it, stuff happens".
Now one can argue that Austin didn't have it coming after sliding into second base spikes high trying to break up a double play. Last year Gary Sanchez was suspended four games for his role in the benches clearing brawl with the Tigers, and it was reduced to three on appeal.
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After the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn't think his player did anything "even remotely dirty" on the slide at second base.
First of all suspensions-at least of Tyler Austin and Boston's Joe Kelly, but what about CC Sabathia and Aaron Judge?
"A lot of people get caught up in their emotions, whether it's the fans, the media, the players and I think they lose a sense of the game itself", Bradley Jr. said Thursday after batting practice.
Yankees: Hicks (right intercostal strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and started at designated hitter. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six. Two others were ejected in the melee: Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Nevin. Martinez. Still, he was the winning pitcher at the end of the day, the beneficiary of the big bats igniting the offense: Judge was 2-4 with a walk, Giancarlo Stanton 2-5 with three RBIs and Sanchez was 3-5, with the two homers and a double. I thought the Yankees would take game one and they lost 14 - 1.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.82 ERA) makes his third start of the season as NY opens a three-game series Friday night at Detroit against Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) has won each of his two starts this season.