Red Sox-Yankees brawl: Alex Cora, Aaron Boone at odds over Tyler Austin’s slide, don’t expect retaliation

BOSTON – Alex Cora and Aaron Boone may have to agree to disagree.

The two managers, who are friends away from the field and once worked together at ESPN, are at odds over Tyler Austin’s third-inning slide in Wednesday night’s 10-7 Yankees win over the Red Sox, which triggered a brief benches-clearing kerfuffle and, later, a full-blown melee.

Boone doubled down Thursday, again telling reporters Austin’s slide carried no malicious intent.

Cora wasn’t so sure.

“The fact that he’s trying to beat the throw, I don’t buy,” Cora said. “If you’re trying to beat the throw, you either go head-first to second or straight to the bag. There’s not a double play. You know who is running. And that he didn’t see Brock? Maybe. But he saw the play. And that’s not a normal play.:

To review: Austin was running from first to second on a bunt by teammate Tyler Wade. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers fielded the bunt, turning to fire to second base and nab Austin. Wade is a speedy runner, and everyone involved on the Red Sox side knew there was little chance a double play could be turned.

Austin slid hard into the bag, with his spikes extended. He caught Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt on the lower calf, even drawing blood.

“First of all, let’s give credit to Devers for having

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