YANKEES 10, RED SOX 7: Benches clear twice, just like old times

Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and five runs scored
Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and five runs scored
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13 April, 2018

Heading into the Wednesday night's contest, the Yankees trailed the first place Red Sox by 4.5 games, and were looking to rebound following their awful 14-1 loss on Tuesday - which is precisely what they did. They'll try to touch Porcello up with a vaunted lineup that put up 10 runs against Red Sox pitching amid the chaos of Wednesday's game, as they strive to find their rhythm and put together a string of wins.

Tension Wednesday began in the third inning when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid into second baseman Brock Holt attempting to break up a double play.

The fight was on (above). This particular brawl included towering Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hauling a Red Sox pitcher off the field in a headlock, Austin connecting with a punch on a Red Sox assistant coach, and the two teams expressing contradictory feelings as to what precipitated the events in question.

"There was no reason for fisticuffs to happen based on that slide", Cashman added.

"I was trying to hold him", Vazquez said.

"I think it's probably over with", Yankees manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic's Marc Carig.

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A day after the Red Sox romped 14-1, the benches cleared briefly in the third after Austin's spikes clipped Holt's leg on a slide into second base. Joe Kelly dotted Austin between the shoulder blades with a 98 miles per hour fastball, and this time cooler heads didn't prevail. "I had no clue where [the ball] was going".

"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said.

Austin said he felt like the pitch was intentional, according to MLB.com.

Austin and Kelly were ejected from the game, along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and reliever Tommy Kahnle. Kelly was replaced by pitcher Brian Johnson, and Shane Robinson replaced Austin.

While last season, Gray suffered from a lack of run support in his starts after coming over to the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics, Yankee fans can only hope today that the offensive juggernaut that was kick-started by Sanchez in last night's game will be in full force again.


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