It appears the bad blood in what was once baseball’s most intense rivalry is back. The benches cleared twice in Wednesday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin was in the middle of everything. During the second incident in New York’s 10-7 win, in which Austin was hit by a pitch, there were punches and pushes. “Once I got hit, it was going to happen,” Austin said.

“It” being the second of Wednesday’s bench-clearing dust-ups, a brawl that added to the litany of fights that have occurred throughout the storied rivalry. This particular brawl included towering Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hauling a Red Sox pitcher off the field in a headlock, Austin connecting with a punch on a Red Sox assistant coach and the two teams expressing contradictory feelings as to what precipitated the events in question. Once the fight was over, even one former Red Sox-Yankees brawl participant, Pedro Martinez, chimed in on the incident on Twitter.

It all began in the bottom of the third inning, when Austin was a runner on first base. As Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade laid down a bunt along the third-base line, Austin raced to second base, where he slid into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt. Holt took exception to the somewhat late slide, and after the forceout was recorded, he and Austin began yelling at each other. Players from both dugouts and bullpens raced out to second base, where the yelling intensified momentarily.

Four innings later, the sparks flew. A 97.7 mph fastball from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly hit Austin in the back of his left elbow, one pitch after Austin watched another fastball whiz closely by him well off the inside corner. When he was hit, Austin became instantly enraged, throwing his bat down and then his helmet before charging the mound. As Austin jogged up to Kelly, the pitcher appeared to egg him on, motioning for him to step forward while the benches and bullpens cleared.

In the ensuing fracas, Kelly and Austin tussled briefly on the ground, and Austin threw a punch that landed on the side of the head of Red Sox third-base coach Carlos Febles. Not long after, Austin was pushed back by Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames, while Judge and fellow Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton walked amid a pile of Red Sox players from the mound area to Boston’s dugout. Judge, who ended up getting Kelly in a headlock, said his sole intention was to get the pitcher away from the scuffle in order to diffuse the situation.

Once the tensions eased, Kelly and Austin were ejected, as well as Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin and Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. Kelly was replaced by pitcher Brian Johnson, and Shane Robinson replaced Austin. Yankees quality control coach/infield instructor Carlos Mendoza came in for Nevin. Nevin said he had been yelling at Boston’s bench, expressing his “displeasure” over something that happened in the game. The arguing went back and forth, he said.

According to Boone, Kahnle was ejected for yelling at an umpire. The pitcher contended to Boone that he was pushed aside “pretty significantly.”

The ejections were the first for either team in 2018. Boston’s most recent ejection came in September, when then-pitching coach Carl Willis was tossed from a game at Yankee Stadium. About two weeks before in a game at Detroit, Yankees Dellin Betances, Kahnle and Austin Romine were ejected after a brawl with the Tigers.

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