Yankees-Red Sox fight leads to two suspensions

The Yankees And Red Sox Brawl Because That's How It Must Be

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.

More good news for the Yankees' offense is Aaron Hicks returns to the lineup tonight after missing the last ten games with an Intercostal muscle strain.

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. The Red Sox were mad at Austin for an ugly slide into second base. Thus ensued the following scenes.

Briefly: Bryce Conley, the A's 22nd-round pick last season, pitched six innings and combined with Ty Damron and Josh Reagan on a no-hitter as Oakland's Class A Midwest League team, Beloit, beat host Burlington 2-0.

"I remember Carlos Beltran, he talked about him previous year and he felt his stuff was still there, but his changeup wasn't there", Cora said.

Apparently Aaron Judge was just waiting for Boston to get hot as he's been on base six out of eight plate appearances in Fenway, with a home run off Chris Sale and a.348 batting average. Sox catcher Jason Varitek wasn't having it, so he approached Rodriguez and gently shoved his mitt in A-Rod's face, chaos ensued.

Austin, Kelly, Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle and third base coach Phil Nevin were ejected.

That wouldn't be the case four innings later.

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. J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam and Hanley Ramirez homered for Boston.

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.

It was not the first, or the worst, tussle between the Sox and Yanks. Among current Yankees, Brett Gardner has had the most success in his career against Porcello, going 14-46 with two homers and a.304 average.

- After exiting Wednesday's game in the first inning, David Price is set to make his next start after a successful day of catch Thursday.

The White Sox bullpen has compiled a 5.59 ERA in the early going.

The loss knocked the Red Sox down to 9-2 for the season, still best in the American League. That lead was increased to 8-1 in the fourth inning on a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly and Sanchez's second two-run home run.