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Yankees-Red Sox benches clear after Tyler Austin’s hard slide

Modal Trigger Tyler Austin gets confronted by Red Sox players after his hard slide into second in the third inning. Getty Images

Judge - maybe baseball's strongest player at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds - had his arms clenched around Kelly's head not long after Austin charged the mound and both team's benches and dugouts cleared. Each player appealed their punishments, and they are eligible to play while their appeals are considered.

The tension Wednesday started when Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin slid spikes-first into Brock Holt at second base.

After turning back the clock on one of sports' great rivalries, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will decide their first three-game series of the season at Fenway Park on Thursday night.

Oh, and they also played and completed the game on Wednesday, a 10-7 win for the Yankees, avenging Tuesday's 14-1 embarrassment at Fenway.

While the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox is never lacking, a brawl of this intensity heightens their remaining games as the season turns into summer.

A year later, Boston's Bronson Arroyo hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, A-Rod shouted at the pitcher, and Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek punched Rodriguez in the face, setting off a scuffle.

When the dust settled, Austin and Kelly were ejected from the game along with Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin and Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle.

The Yankees' defense couldn't make the right choices in the second and third inning of the game.

In the wake of this incident, the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman erred on the opinion that "there was no reason for fisticuffs", but, when "two competitive teams [are] going at it, stuff happens".

Said Austin: "I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with that slide".

As Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius prepared to field the throw from first baseman Neil Walker, he lost his balance and fell, his legs splayed wide near the bag. Which is why I understand Kelly's beaning of Austin.

Well, Tyler Austin did exactly that in the third inning. No other team since at least 1913 has begun a season with streak of 10 or more errorless games. The Yankees activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the disabled list. The 13 errors are the most in the American League and second most in baseball. When you take that into account I think another two or three games should have been added on.

In seven career starts versus Boston, he's 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA - thanks in part to his performance Thursday, perhaps his worst start as a Yankee. Prior to Wednesday's loss, he had the Red Sox at 9-1, their best start in franchise history. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six.

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