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Fight between the Red Sox and the Yankees: Clear banks after Joe Kelly hits Tyler Austin
If anyone was wondering if the Sox-Yankees rivalry still had steam, the two teams showed that it is alive and well on Wednesday.
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The fight began when Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly pitched Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin in a pitch, and two pitches later drilled Austin with a 97-mile fastball. time directed at his back. Austin screamed and angrily threw his bat to the ground. Austin took several steps toward the mound, looked at Kelly and Kelly motioned him to approach her.
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And before you knew it, everyone was in the fray, with the bullpens, coaches, and the players started pushing and shoving while Kelly and Austin exchanged punches. Austin was hit several times by Kelly and was left with a fat lip. And Austin hooked up with Red Sox coach Carlos Febles.
The two players were immediately expelled along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.
The fight was instigated in the third inning when Austin slid hard into shortstop Brock Holt trying to break a double play. The slide came late, but over the bag, but Holt and the Red Sox were furious. Holt did not indicate that he would try to complete the double play, and Austin's spikes reached him in the calf area.
When Kelly entered the game in the seventh inning, he made sure to get revenge and the fight started.
No one else was seen throwing punches, with Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton acting as peacekeepers.