Here's a look at the entire affair. "But he was pretty good after the rain delay - he was mixing his pitches and hitting his spots all night". Pedro's reputation was such that he was able to touch off a brawl after plunking Reggie Sanders with a flawless game intact.
When the dust settled, Austin and Kelly were both ejected from the game, as were Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin and relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. Kelly has been suspended six games for intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting. 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. Austin came in with his front spike up and clipped Holt's leg, Holt appeared to think it a dirty play, and both teams' benches cleared to discuss the matter further in the area around second base.
"He was screaming at our dugout", Cora said. "I told him I'd go out there any one".
The Red Sox and Yankees were able to let cooler heads prevail after Wednesday's brawl.
The Yankees and Tigers met five times this spring without incident.
He hit Hanley Ramirez in the first inning - Ramirez left with a bruised hand, though X-rays were negative - and walked two in the second.
It will be the first time Stanton and Fiers have met in a regular-season game, although they did meet in an exhibition game a year ago with Fiers striking out Stanton. The team physician says the fracture is stable and won't require surgery.
Last year, after the fracas in Detroit, Brett Gardner - who had turned 34 that day and had gotten into a jawing match with then-Tigers manager Brad Ausmus - suggested that maybe he was getting more ornery with age.
Something tells me this won't be the last time this season we see these storied rivals come to blows. That said, there are 16 meetings left between the two teams, and baseball players have long memories.
Asked what it is that settles a matter or stokes it, Boone said: "Professionalism". At the end of the day, the biggest thing is we're trying to win ballgames.
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