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


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

Carla Harmon
April 15, 2018

To be sure, it wasn't on the level of classic Red Sox-Yankees melees, like in 1973 when Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk went at it, or 1976, when Fisk and Lou Piniella squared off, or even 2004, when Jason Varitek used his mitt to wipe the smug smile off the face of Alex Rodriguez. That's what happened in the Rockies-Padres rumble early Wednesday, when San Diego's Luis Perdomo picked Nolan Arenado to pay the debts of two Rockies pitchers that had previously plunked Padres.

Thurman Munson collided with catcher Carlton Fisk in 1973 after Gene Michael missed a bunt attempt. Perhaps the most impressive outing by any Red Sox pitcher. The only baserunner to reach for the Yankees was Giancarlo Stanton, who was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. Martinez picked up Zimmer and threw him to the ground. "Other than that, Kelly executed perfectly", Martinez tweeted. "That means fight fight fight!" he posted. Put the pitchforks down, Sox fans - the pitch did not appear to be intentional.

Before the melee, there was some baseball.

The Red Sox were upset with Austin after he slid late into second base in the third inning and his spikes caught second baseman Brock Holt. Price was shaking his hand during the inning.


Stanton overran a chunk turning out an pop fly sided. J.D. Martinez, Devers and Holt also did not tally a hit, along with Tzu-Wei Lin in his lone at-bat.

When you take that into account I think another two or three games should have been added on. The Yankees activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the disabled list. LJ Mazzilli was 1 for 4, a day after he was acquired from the Mets organization.

The Red Sox said Ramirez had a contusion on his wrist and X-rays did not indicate a fracture.

The error by Wade was the 13th by the Yankees in 13 matches this past year. Nunez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Sandy Leon singled to right.


The Sox are off to a 10-2 start, matching the 1904, 1918 and 1952 teams for the best 12-game start in franchise history.

No matter what you believe about how baseball players police themselves, you must recognize that a pitcher intentionally pegging an opponent with a fastball is risky, and more unsafe than ever.

The right-hander was masterful in a 6-3 victory, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and improving to 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. In 114 appearances with Boston (41 starts, 73 relief appearances), Kelly owns a 22-9 record with a 4.37 ERA.

In the seventh inning of New York's 10-7 win on Wednesday night, Kelly actually threw at Austin twice.


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