Red Sox-Yankees brawl: Benches clear after Joe Kelly hits Tyler Austin


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses MLB’s most iconic rivalry.

BOSTON — Just in case anyone wondered if the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry still had steam, the two teams showed it is alive and well Wednesday night when they had a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh inning at Fenway Park.

The brawl began when Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly threw inside toward Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin on one pitch, and two pitches later drilled Austin with a 97-mph fastball aimed at his back. Austin yelled and angrily threw his bat to the ground. Austin took several steps toward the mound, looked at Kelly, and Kelly motioned for him to come at him.


And before you knew it, everyone was in on the fray, with the bullpens, coaches, and players began pushing and shoving as Kelly and Austin exchanged punches. Austin was punched several times by Kelly and was left with

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