Joe Kelly earns six-game suspension, will appeal

Nick Sanchez
April 16, 2018

After going up and in on the second pitch of the AB, Kelly hit Austin-leading to Austin charging the mound and a bench-clearing brawl. Both players appealed their punishment and can play while their appeals are considered.

Kelly was suspended and fined for "intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting", MLB's statement read.

Once baseball's marquee rivalry, Yankees-Red Sox is known more for hogging the primetime schedule and glacial pace of play than the raucous baseball the two teams delivered for decades. The two teams will meet again for a series in NY next month, though it will be September when this rivalry really heats up. Gamblers can also wager on the game's spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -210 for the Yankees +1.5 runs and +175 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs. The Yankees' defense would decide to go home on a play instead of going to first for the sure out.

Beyond that, Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin were fined for verbal sparring, and Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez, and CC Sabathia were hit in the wallet for entering the altercation while on the disabled list.

"He was screaming at our dugout", Cora said.

"We're moving on, " Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

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

"I saw Kelly was on top of Tyler (Austin) after he tried to tackle him", Judge said.

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.

Tyler Austin reacts as he is ejected from the game. Whether or not he meant to throw at Yankees reserve Karim Garcia during the playoffs, Martinez sailed a pitch over the outfielder's head that triggered one of the most outrageous moments in recent baseball history. Ian Kinsler homered on his first swing in his return to the Angels' lineup, and Nick Tropeano pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016. Sanchez blasted two home runs with four RBIs, while Stanton had two runs scored and three RBIs.

The seeming disinterest bled over to the fan bases as well as there wasn't much more on the line than any other given game. "A couple of walks and a couple of bloop hits and the next thing you know, you can give up four runs pretty easily".

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) has won each of his two starts this season.

In the visiting dugout, New York's pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.19 K/9.

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