Yankees and Red Sox brawl after wild pitch hits batter

It appears that the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, the longest ongoing beef in MLB's rich history, may be heating back up to the passions of yesteryear.

Kahron Spearman

The benches cleared twice at Fenway Park during the New York Yankees' 10-7 victory over their archrival Boston Red Sox, bringing some heat back into a conflict that had simmered in recent years. 


Benches emptied in the seventh inning when Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly hit New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin with a pitch. Kelly had apparently targeted Austin for a hard slide during the third inning. 


He missed him with the first pitch but drilled Austin shortly after, eliciting the hold-me-back gathering where few actual punches were thrown, much less landed.

Red Sox-Yankees. That's what everybody wants. That's what they got.

"I don't think it was intentional. I think he was going in hard, and it was a bunt," Holt said after the game, per ESPN. "I'm not going to turn a double play on that, especially with Wade running, so I think he was just going in hard, but he went in hard a little late with his spikes up."


Austin completely disagreed.


"My slide into second base was a clean slide, and I play the game hard," Austin said. "I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with that slide."


The part of the brawl was the participation of Yankees stars Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge or rather the Red Sox evident avoidance of the monster sluggers.