Yankees: Baseball's most storied rivalry is officially back


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly basically said "oops" for drilling Tyler Austin and setting off a rowdy brawl on the field in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 10-7 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

Boston dished out most of the punishment on the scoreboard in Tuesday's series opener and was on the receiving end 24 hours later. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout.

The Yankees scored four runs off Price (1-1) in the first inning before the lefty ace exited the game with a tingling sensation in his pitching hand. Kepler's second home run was a walk off, which helped Minnesota avoid blowing an early 8-1 lead. Tyler Austin slid into second base hard on a force out causing the benches to clear, but nothing happened as the players just conversed on the diamond.

The other side believes it was dirty because Austin came in with his spikes up and appeared to hit Boston's Brock Holt. Once Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge joined, things dispersed pretty quickly, but as we all know by now the Red Sox can hold a grudge (remember the ridiculous feud with the Orioles last season). He is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six starts against Boston.

NY and Boston have a history of furious fights.

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With Cora at the helm and a new slugger in J.D. Martinez, who belted a grand slam on Wednesday night, Boston entered Wednesday with the best record in the American League and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

Four innings later the sparks flew.

NY s Tyler Austin, center, rushes Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning.

There was one matter of business left to settle - or, perhaps, left to be continued - in the top of the seventh. Austin spiked his bat with his right hand and headed for the mound, with Kelly landing a couple haymakers and Austin connecting solidly to the temple of Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles with a right hand.

That emptied both benches.