Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry Escalates Into Bench-Clearing Brawl

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That wasn't the case in the seventh inning when Joe Kelly hit Austin with a 90 plus miles per hour fastball. It's going to happen. just hope nobody gets hurt. This is great for Boston, this is great for NY and this is great for the sport.

In the ensuing fracas, Kelly and Austin tussled briefly on the ground as Austin threw a punch that landed on the side of the head of Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles. Tyler Austin slid into second cleats high and cleared the benches after questionable contact with Sox' Short Stop Brock Holt.

"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said after the game. Austin, 26, and Holt, 29, eventually cooled off, and the game resumed. The names of old have retired and the teams are loaded with young players who have never quiet experienced the intensity that this rivalry is capable of bringing.

NY starter Masahiro Tanaka had retired 10 straight men into the bottom of the fifth, only allowing a solo homer to left by Hanley Ramirez in the first. But don't be fooled by any of that. That's the reality, and it's a fun reality because the same can be said for the Sox.

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Despite the Bombers' bats finally waking up, that wouldn't be the story of the night.

The New York Yankees first meeting of the season against Boston turned out as complete domination by the Red Sox. The Red Sox announced that the star pitcher felt a "sensation" in his hand, leading to his early departure. Or maybe he just got pummeled by a really good lineup.

Aaron Judge and others try and break up the fight. 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.

Price pitched one inning, giving up four runs and three hits, including a home run to Gary Sanchez.

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