When Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly beamed Austin later in the game, Austin threw the bat down and charged the mound. Additionally, both players will be fined for the incident, and Major League Baseball announced they will both appeal their suspensions.
The animosity began in the third inning when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid spikes first into Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt's leg. That led to Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly drilling Austin in the seventh inning, which ended with a full-scale donnybrook.
Even the Yankees got a short excursion from pitcher Sonny Gray, bungled several plays in the specialty and were helpless at the plate as they dropped the finale of their first set of their year with all the rival Red Sox, 6-3.
"Yeah, the Boston Red Sox may have a slightly more demanding fan base than the New York Yankees", the article said. Three years later, Lou Piniella bowled into Fisk at the plate, and Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee separated a shoulder in the ensuing fighting.
Also fined for their roles in Wednesday's dust-up: Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.
"Out of character for me", Cora said.
"We're moving on, " Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
While the New England Patriots are an epic source of pride, Beantown is a baseball town and now boasts the best team - or at least the best record - in the American League.
Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in four ejections.
Rick Porcello no-hit the Yankees for the first six innings before Aaron Judge broke it up with a booming double to center leading off the seventh.
With two series over the final couple weeks, including a three-game set to close out the season in Boston, the battle for the AL East will likely go down to the wire. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer over six-plus innings pitched in each of his six career starts against NY at Fenway.
I stayed up for a while after that, deep into the night, telling myself it was just one 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. He played catch on flat ground Thursday and is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday when Boston opens a nine-game road trip at the Los Angeles Angels.
The loss knocked the Red Sox down to 9-2 for the season, still best in the American League.
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.