Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The rivalry is officially back.
The Yankees and Red Sox engaged in a benches-clearing brawl on Wednesday night in their second meeting of the season.
Yankees DH Tyler Austin slammed his bat, threw his helmet and charged at Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly after the pitcher threw at him in the seventh inning.
Both teams stormed out of the dugouts and bullpens, as the two players exchanged punches while on the ground in the middle of the infield.
Notably, Yankees star Aaron Judge was standing tall in the middle of the pile, seemingly trying to break up the brawl. Together, the slugging duo of Judge and Giancarlo Stanton dragged the pile, though Austin got another punch in before it ended. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames eventually got his hands on Austin and brought him away from the brawl, but Austin remained absolutely irate.
Tyler Austin, center, rushes Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, after being hit by a pitch. (CHARLES KRUPA/AP)
"My job was just to get Kelly up and get him off (of Austin)," Judge said after the brawl. "Everybody was pretty upset."
Earlier in the game, benches cleared and bullpen doors were opened when Austin slid hard into second base. The move angered Boston shortstop Brock Holt, who was covering second base on the play.
"I felt like my slide into second base was a clean slide," Austin said after the game. "I play the game hard... I had no thought that they were going to throw at me."
Though it was clear players were angered, the frustrations did not boil over until Austin was plunked several innings later.
"I felt that it was intentional and I didn't want to let anyone push myself around," Austin said of Kelly throwing at him. "That's why I went out there."
Brian Cashman, the Yankees' senior vice president and general manager, defended Austin's hard slide, saying "there was no reason for fisticuffs to happen based on that slide at second base."
Yankees manager Aaron Boone agreed as he explained after the game he saw "nothing remotely dirty" about the slide.
"To take matters into your own hands and hit one of our guys... that I think was an overreaction," Boone added about Kelly throwing at Austin.
Aaron Judge and others try and break up the fight.(MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES)
Austin and Kelly were both ejected from the game. Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin was thrown out for what looked like instigating the Red Sox bench afterwards. Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle was also tossed.
The Yankees vs. Red Sox bout was the second fight that happened in the league Wednesday.

In the afternoon, the Padres and Rockies went at it after San Diego starter Luis Perdomo threw behind Colorado star Nolan Arenado. 
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