The rival teams squared off in the seventh inning at Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday after Yanks batter Tyler Austin charged at Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly for throwing a ball right into his back.
Before that could happen though, the Yankees' Tyler Austin took serious exception to a pitch from Joe Kelly that struck him hard on the torso. That's despite just missing him with the previous pitch and finally nailing him with a 98-mph heater on the elbow.
Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in four ejections.
Austin and Kelly were ejected and so was Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin, who played a very animated role in the brawl and later rushed onto the field to object to something while Sox reliever Brian Johnson was warming up before the game resumed.
Price surrendered four runs in the first inning to the Yankees. Kelly repeatedly punched Austin, leaving the latter with a swollen lip.
"I don't think it was intentional".
"If I am, I'll take my base", Holt said. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames shoved Austin across the infield toward the Yankees' dugout. "If someone comes on my property in my backyard, I'm going to put up two dogs and get ready to defend myself". Austin did seem to land a blow in the ensuing scrum on Boston third-base coach Carlos Febles.
In the afternoon, the Padres and Rockies went at it after San Diego starter Luis Perdomo threw behind Colorado star Nolan Arenado.
The sight of the 6-foot-7 Judge and the 6-6 Giancarlo Stanton charging onto the field was enough to spook the 5-10, 180-pound Holt. "If not this series, maybe in NY".
David Price lasted just one inning in the shortest start of his career, departing for precautionary reasons due to what Boston staff members termed a "sensation" the pitcher felt in his left hand.