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

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

And even with the Yanks off to a 6-7 start that sees them enter Friday 4½ games behind the first-place Sox in the American League East, there is plenty to suggest both teams will be in it come October. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton - neither of whom are known for their mean streaks - ended up at the center of the brawl for a period, with their size seemingly turning them into de facto enforcers in the melee. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer over six-plus innings pitched in each of his six career starts against NY at Fenway. He threw 99 pitches in seven innings. That's the hardest a Red Sox player has hit a ball since Major League Baseball started tracking these things. The game was delayed shortly after it became official in the fifth, a curious decision no doubt considering Porcello's pursuit of greatness.

"Sometimes you've got a man on second, man on third, and you've got to call that pitch and you don't know what to call", catcher Sandy Leon said.

If there was any skepticism over Porcello's strong start due to facing the light-hitting Tampa Bay Rays his first two turns through the rotation, the right-hander put that to rest with his dominant effort against the Yankees.

Gray threw a pair of wild pitches in the second and second baseman Tyler Wade made an error on a throw to home plate as the Red Sox sent nine batters to the plate. "My hand was just literally numb, and I couldn't feel it". "I was scuffling to find the zone and it didn't go our way". They added another two runs in the third inning thanks to a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. Gardner advanced to third and scored on Stanton's single.

Hicks (strained right intercostal) came off the disabled list, started at designated hitter and hit sixth.

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The Red Sox said Ramirez had a contusion on his wrist and X-rays did not indicate a fracture.

Thursday's game was devoid of any fisticuff-related drama - an area of intrigue after Wednesday night's melee.

- Marcus Walden, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless eighth but found himself in quite a bit of trouble in the ninth.

Both players will appeal the suspensions which were scheduled to go into effect Thursday night. Then in the seventh, Kelly hit Austin, leading to Kelly to slam his bat to the ground before coming after the pitcher.

Later in the game, Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly served up some vigilante baseball justice by nailing Austin in the side with a fastball. His managerial career started a bit more turbulently, with the Yankees sitting at 6-6 after Wednesday's win.

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