Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

MLB Suspends Joe Kelly, Tyler Austin For Red Sox-Yankees Melee

MLB Suspends Joe Kelly, Tyler Austin For Red Sox-Yankees Melee

The Yankees and Red Sox renewed their rivalry with a benches-clearing brawl during Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park.

Said Austin: "I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with that slide".

Austin, Kelly, Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle and third base coach Phil Nevin were ejected. Playing without shortstop Xander Bogaerts (ankle), the Red Sox shrugged off the loss of first baseman Hanley Ramirez, who was hit on the right wrist and left the game.

Kelly will get six games after throwing at Austin, and Austin will get five games after charging Kelly on the mound.

Both players will appeal the suspensions which were scheduled to go into effect Thursday night.

In another quirk, the Yankees on Friday night will face Detroit pitcher Mike Fiers, who hit Stanton flush in the face with an 88-mph fast late in the 2014 season, sending him to the hospital with a broken nose, cheek and orbital bone, a broken incisor and a half-dozen chipped teeth.

Added Judge about Sale's blistering one-run performance: "You've got to be aggressive with a guy like that".

Now one can argue that Austin didn't have it coming after sliding into second base spikes high trying to break up a double play. "It's effortless. I feel good things", Ramirez told reporters. Whatever the reason, if your a Yankee or Red Sox fan you just can't wait for the next 16 times these two teams will meet this season.

"I had it as three or four rows in the seats".

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (right intercostal strain), was 1 for 3 with a double in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed just the two hits, hit a batter, struck out six and had no walks.

He continued: "Everybody is out here trying to play the game and make a living for themselves and their families".

One of Porcello's six strikeouts against NY came in the sixth inning, as he returned to the mound after waiting out a 45-minute rain delay.

Last season, Gray had a 4.63 ERA in eight starts with Sanchez, and a 1.45 ERA in three starts with Romine (3.60 this season in two starts). Paul DeJong hit a solo shot to break a 4-4 tie in the sixth before St. Louis dropped Cincinnati to 2-10, the Reds' worst 12-game start since 1955.

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