Joe Kelly suspended six games, Tyler Austin five games for Wednesday's incident

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The rival teams squared off in the seventh inning at Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday after Yanks batter Tyler Austin charged at Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly for throwing a ball right into his back. Holt took issue with the contact and they exchanged words before being separated.

"I just didn't execute very well", Gray (current ERA: 6.92) said, not blaming Sanchez at all. Kelly and Austin swapped punches, and players from both sides got into it.

Added Price: "I told him I was fine for Monday or I could come back on Saturday or Sunday and go sit in the (bullpen) if needed". Porcello's more diversified mix and the increased frequency of swings at pitches in the strike zone by Mookie Betts has helped both players enjoy a strong opening two weeks to the season.


To be sure, it wasn't on the level of classic Red Sox-Yankees melees, like in 1973 when Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk went at it, or 1976, when Fisk and Lou Piniella squared off, or even 2004, when Jason Varitek used his mitt to wipe the smug smile off the face of Alex Rodriguez. "I feel like it will turn around, but tonight wasn't the night".

Boone plans to keep going with the Gray-Sanchez tandem - no surprise given he said he doesn't want any of his pitchers having personal catchers.

Against the vaunted Yankees lineup, Porcello carried a no-hitter into the seventh - and through a 45 minute rain delay - before finally allowing a double to Aaron Judge. Boston slugger Hanley Ramirez departed with a bruised wrist after he was hit by a pitch in the first, but everyone stayed in their respective dugouts. Jose Ramirez smacked a two-run shot and Trevor Bauer struck out seven while limiting Detroit to two runs over seven innings. He didn't head hunt, and he didn't hit him in the arms or legs to injure. Walden gave up three runs, two earned, in the ninth, but Kimbrel came in and slammed the door closed.


Last year, after the fracas in Detroit, Brett Gardner - who had turned 34 that day and had gotten into a jawing match with then-Tigers manager Brad Ausmus - suggested that maybe he was getting more ornery with age. Cora said his tweaks in philosophy through 12 games have been well received by members of his roster. After striking out twice to start Tuesday's opener, Stanton finished the night with a single and a double.

Chris Sale was nasty in Game 1 of the series. He'll face Rick Porcello, who's 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA.


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