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Benches Clear In Yankees & Red Sox Brawl

April 12, 2018 - 7:09 am
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BOSTON (AP) — The fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.

Zim vs. Pedro. A-Rod vs. Varitek. Munson vs. Fisk.

And now, Tyler Austin tangling with Joe Kelly.

In a matchup between clubs that have long clashed, Austin rushed the mound after being hit by a pitch from the Red Sox reliever, triggering a bench-clearing brawl Wednesday night as New York ended Boston's nine-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory.

"It's Yankees-Red Sox. That's what everybody wants. That's what they got," Boston starter David Price said.

Austin slid spikes-first into shortstop Brock Holt at second base in the third inning. No surprise, the sides saw it differently

Four innings later, the Red Sox retaliated.

"Two competitive teams going at it and stuff happens," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "But sometimes stuff shouldn't happen and there was no reason for fisticuffs to have to happen based on that slide at second base."

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in four ejections.

And no telling what might happen in the series finale Thursday night at Fenway Park.

"I think it's probably over with," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Hopefully put this to bed."

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