Rivalry stoked again as Yankees, Red Sox clash
- Author: Kyle Peterson Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 1:37
The tension Wednesday started when Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin slid spikes-first into Brock Holt at second base. Then, in the seventh inning, Boston pitcher Joe Kelly came inside on Austin and then drilled him with the next pitch. The 13 errors are the most in the American League and second most in baseball. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames shoved Austin across the infield toward the Yankees' dugout.
Beyond that, Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin were fined for verbal sparring, and Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez, and CC Sabathia were hit in the wallet for entering the altercation while on the disabled list. Colorado star Nolan Arenado charged the mound after being a pitch from San Diego's Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind him.
Oddsmakers are listing NY (+100) as the underdog to Boston (-110).
Thurman Munson collided with catcher Carlton Fisk in 1973 after Gene Michael missed a bunt attempt. Boston pitcher David Price said: "Red Sox-Yankees".
Zimmermann was hit with a line drive by Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, the second batter in the bottom of the first inning, Wednesday night and stayed down for a short time as teammates, the club trainer and manager Ron Gardenhire rushed to the mound.
After the Red Sox closed the gap in the fifth, the Yankees distanced their lead in the sixth on an RBI single from Stanton and another sacrifice fly from Gregorius.
The atmosphere at the ballpark was already heightened after Wednesday's events, as the benches cleared twice in New York's 10-7 win.
The inning was highlighted by a grand slam from JD Martinez off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka.
Gray (1-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. He is batting.327 with two home runs and five RBIs in 14 games this season.
While last season, Gray suffered from a lack of run support in his starts after coming over to the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics, Yankee fans can only hope today that the offensive juggernaut that was kick-started by Sanchez in last night's game will be in full force again. Yankees manager Aaron Boone could recall in vivid detail the rage he felt in the minor leagues when a fastball purposefully whistled over his head. "I was just trying to play the game the right way and that was that". The right-hander struck out six and didn't issue a walk as Boston improved its record to 10-2.
In seven career starts versus Boston, he's 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA - thanks in part to his performance Thursday, perhaps his worst start as a Yankee.