The Red Sox Can't Count on David Price

Posted April 16, 2018

Kelly has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount of money for hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting.

Hostilities began during the third innings as Tyler Austin's spikes made contact with Brock Holt's leg as he slid into second base and the latter turned on the offensive player prompting a war or words between the pair.

Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston on April 11, 2018. The two teams will meet again for a series in NY next month, though it will be September when this rivalry really heats up.

BOSTON The fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. The Yankees suffered through several losing seasons as they rebuilt, and the Red Sox seemed to morph more into the corporate ballplayers [VIDEO] you often see in the Bronx, as opposed to the fun-loving "idiots" that won it all in 2004.

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Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin were also fined for their actions in the brawl.

"He was screaming at our dugout", Cora said.

"Two competitive teams going at it and stuff happens", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

In a matchup between teams that have long tangled, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in a trio of ejections.

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After the game, the teams were split on the initial cause of the brawl, with the Yankees dismissing Austin's slide into third as a baseball play. As a player for the Yankees, Austin predictably got pretty triggered so he charged the mound and just like that, the benches cleared. Ian Kinsler homered on his first swing in his return to the Angels' lineup, and Nick Tropeano pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016. If you want an idea of just how different the 1970s were from the contemporary game, only Nettles and Lee were ejected from that contest. I thought the Yankees would take game one and they lost 14 - 1.

The Red Sox were forced to burn closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth after reliever Marcus Walden walked two and allowed three runs in what was supposed to be mop-up duty protecting a 6-0 lead. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six.

- After exiting Wednesday's game in the first inning, David Price is set to make his next start after a successful day of catch Thursday.

Yankees: Hicks (right intercostal strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and started at designated hitter. Prior to Wednesday's loss, he had the Red Sox at 9-1, their best start in franchise history.

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