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Early sparks reigniting Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

Early sparks reigniting Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin were handed multi-game suspensions on Thursday for their role in a bench-clearing brawl between the two rivals.

Tempers were already frayed because of an earlier incident in the match on Wednesday night.

Boston announced Ramirez left the game with a right wrist contusion and that X-rays were negative. Kelly was suspended for six games and Austin received a five-game penalty.

Both players have been fined as well.

The scuffle spilled across the field before it broke up in front of the Boston dugout on the first base side, with Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton pushing the pile.

Rick Porcello allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings Thursday in the Red Sox's win over the Yankees.

Austin and Kelly grappled to the ground, with Austin landing one clean shot against his opponent.

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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.

Kelly later denied attempting to hit Austin, but was unrepentant after aiming several punches at the Yankees player.

"I had it as three or four rows in the seats", Stanton said. However, I don't think there was any reason to hit Austin, especially when and how they did so. "I told him I would go out there whenever he wants".

Hicks (strained right intercostal) came off the disabled list, started at designated hitter and hit sixth. They've played literally thousands of games against each other, so naturally, tensions have occasionally boiled over.

Those were definitely the good old days.Then the unthinkable happened, the Red Sox actually won not one, not two, but three World Series titles in less then a decade.

The Red Sox had a balanced attack on offense, scoring all six of their runs in the second and third inning, all charged to Yankees starter Sonny Gray (1-1).

NY is 6-6 on the season and 3-3 away from home, while Boston is 9-2 with a 4-1 record at Fenway.