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They also got positive news Thursday when ace lefty David Price played catch in the outfield and felt no ill effects after leaving his start after a four-run first inning Wednesday night with numbness in his left hand. Both are appealing the decision and are eligible to play until a hearing can be held. But there was, lost amid the testiness, some gentlemanly behavior.

The whole thing started with an aggressive slide by Austin into second base that the Red Sox took issue with. If that was Didi Gregorius catching a spike to his leg Yankees fan would be quite upset.

If Bradley Jr. had followed Austin's lead, there is no telling the damage he might have wrought. Not only was Bradley safe, but so was Leon at first. To keep things vaguely parallel, an offending NL team should have to forgo one rostered position player for a game. At the end of the day you don't want anybody hurt. "It just kicked back on me".

Whether that is indeed that is not certain. Boston first baseman Hanley Ramirez left his team's against the Yankees on Thursday after he was hit by a pitch on his left arm.

Major League Baseball suspended Joe Kelly six games for "intentionally hitting (Tyler) Austin with a pitch and fighting".

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.

Nothing about Kelly's posturing there suggests he's a fearful man, and Kelly - a pretty good hitter by pitcher standards during his days as an NL starter with the Cardinals - generally seems like the type who'd welcome more turns at-bat.

"It was getting close", Cora said. "But I still didn't like the fact that he was pointing at me and screaming at me".

The Boston Red Sox right-hander won the American League Cy Young Award in 2016, lost both his sinker and his mojo a year ago and tried everything this past winter to get it back.

After the chaotic night on Wednesday in Fenway, all eyes were on the Yankees to see if they would retaliate.

Four batters were hit by pitches that day - including James McCann of the Tigers, who took a 98-mph fastball from Dellin Betances square to the head - and a fight at home plate between Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Austin Romine of the Yankees sparked a full-scale melee.

Injury report: Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who suffered a broken right elbow when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday, will be out at least six weeks.

The error by Wade was the 13th by the Yankees in 13 games this season.

That wasn't the case past year. We'll see what happens.

Baseball players, though, have long memories. There's no doubt both teams will have this game at the top of their minds each time they meet the rest of the way, and with the Red Sox and Yankees both looking like contenders yet again, the baseball world is likely in for some more great matchups between the squads.

Asked what it is that settles a matter or stokes it, Boone said: "Professionalism". Judge ended up putting Kelly briefly in a headlock. "You've always got to try, obviously, to protect your own, but you've got to be a pro, too". We were still in that ballgame.


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