Red Sox and Yankees Get Offensive

Aaron Brown
April 13, 2018

The rivalry lives on.

Photographers perfectly captured the wild brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox on Wednesday night. That was when Austin slid hard into second base with his spikes up at Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt, who took offense to it. The rivals began yelling at one another as players from both dugouts and bullpens raced over.

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After Wednesday's game, Price explained what happened. "I had no clue where [the ball] was going".

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"I felt like my slide into second base was a clean slide", Austin himself said. "I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with that slide".

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Then with the Yankees leading 10-6, Kelly almost hit Austin and then caught him on the side with a 2-1 pitch clocked at 98 miles per hour. According to MLB.com, Nevin said he had been yelling toward the Red Sox's dugout and Kahnle said he got angry after he was pushed by an umpire.

"Sliding with the cleats up is a no-no in baseball", Martinez wrote in justifying Kelly's plunking.

The Austin-Kelly fight follows some of the more infamous brawls in the storied rivalry from Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek to Don Zimmer and Pedro Martinez to Lou Pinella and Carlton Fisk. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout.

Vazquez was behind the plate when Tyler Austin charged Joe Kelly, peeved after the Red Sox reliever drilled him in the back. Austin and Kelly were both ejected for their respective roles in the fracas, and the bad blood has ample opportunity to spill over against with 17 games remaining this season between the two clubs. After the field cleared, the players resumed, and the Yankees won in a 10-7 victory. "Someone comes on my property and in my backyard - I've got two dogs and if you come on my property and I feel like I was getting attacked then I'm going to have to defend myself".

The teams have had a long history of fights over the years.

Furious at what he perceived to be an intentional attempt to injure, Austin hurled down his bat and flung off his cap ready to brawl with the Red Sox's pitcher. Holt said he doesn't believe the Yankees will throw at him, hinting that if it does happen, NY will probably seek out one of Boston's middle-of-the-order bats.

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