Red Sox pitcher David Price was blown up against the Yankees on Wednesday and left the game after only 1 inning of work due to "numbness in hand". The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Austin slammed his bat down and charged at slender Kelly, while Kelly smiled and appeared to mouth the words "Come on!" toward Austin. Thus ensued the following scenes.
After Wednesday's game, Price explained what happened.
"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said. If we're going to get back to those glory years when Sox-Yanks was must-see entertainment every time they took the field together, there's one necessary ingredient: hatred. "Someone comes on my property and in my backyard - I've got two dogs and if you come on my property and I feel like I was getting attacked then I'm going to have to defend myself".
Austin and Kelly were both ejected from the game. "Other than that, Kelly executed perfectly", Martinez tweeted. The brawl ended with Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martínez picking up Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer and throwing him to the ground. "That means fight fight fight!" he posted. The following year, the Red Sox's Bronson Arroyo hit the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez with a pitch before Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek punched A-Rod in the face.
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He struck out four batters over seven innings of work on only 87 pitches while scattering five hits and allowing one earned run. The Falcons have just one extra base hit - a Jordan Key double. "Once that happened, it set the tone for the rest of the game".
Before the melee, there was some baseball.
It all began in the bottom of the third inning, when Austin was a runner on first base.
Price entered having surrendered no runs and seven hits in 14 innings during his first two starts this season. Tanaka (2-1) picked up the victory despite allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings. J.D. Martinez, Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland have all homered off Gray in their careers.
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