Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Yankees Hitters Prayed for Rain, but Rick Porcello Just Pitched Through It

Yankees Hitters Prayed for Rain, but Rick Porcello Just Pitched Through It

Boston reliever Joe Kelly and the Yankees' Tyler Austin have been suspended for their roles in a brawl between the teams at Fenway Parkon Wednesday.

Kelly was retaliating for Austin's apparently late slide into second base earlier in the game that ticked off Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt, the New York Post reported.

Later in the game, the Red Sox announced Ramirez suffered a wrist contusion, and that the X-rays were negative.

Kelly got a six-game suspension for plunking Austin with a 98 m.p.h. fastball in the back, while the Yankees first baseman got a five-game suspension for running out to the mound and throwing a punch at Kelly after he was hit by the pitch, starting the brawl between the two teams.

After Judge's seventh-inning double, Giancarlo Stanton hit an infield single, putting runners on second and first with no outs.

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"You want to talk about chain of command, though, to tell somebody to go back and get in their little box", Nevin said. Say what you want about the slide which led to Austin getting drilled but Kelly started the fighting by throwing a 98 miles per hour fastball high and tight.

With the Yankees leading 10-6 in the seventh, Kelly almost hit Austin with an 0-1 pitch.

Rick Porcello allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings Thursday in the Red Sox's win over the Yankees. The Red Sox spent 90 days in first place and led the division every day after July 31.

However, Kelly and Austin will be eligible to play on Thursday after appealing the sanction.

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

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With rain hammering Fenway Park and causing a 45-minute rain delay between the fifth and sixth innings, the Yankees swung what acted like water-logged bats through eight.

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.

Chris Sale was nasty in Game 1 of the series.

A year ago marked the first time the clubs had finished within two games of each other since 2007, but it's not like they spent 2017 at each other's throats. In 114 appearances with Boston (41 starts, 73 relief appearances), Kelly owns a 22-9 record with a 4.37 ERA.

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