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Even the Red Sox meted out a the Yankees rebounded having a 10-6 victory that was brawl-filled, and Porcello jeopardized to shoot on the first no hitter against the Yankees since 2003. But there was, lost amid the testiness, some gentlemanly behavior.

Flinging his bat down, the menace with which Austin then approached the mound left few in any doubt that he wanted more than a strong word with the pitcher. Four players on the disabled list also were fined for entering the field during the skirmish: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, and Boston infielders Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, and Marco Hernandez. But Bradley Jr. slid early and directly into the bag, and although Gregorius managed to get off a throw to first from the seat of his trousers, it was late. I play hard, but I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, € Austin said per Newsday'€™s David Lennon.

The bad blood didn't escalate last night, cooler heads prevailed. There's no need for the extra stuff. Among current Yankees, Brett Gardner has had the most success in his career against Porcello, going 14-46 with two homers and a.304 average.

Whether that is indeed that is not certain. It was clearly intentional, as Kelly appeared to try to hit Austin with the previous pitch but he missed.

Kelly was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball, and Austin received a five-game penalty. Shortstop Brock Holt jawed at Austin following Austin's slide into second base in the third inning.

After the chaotic night on Wednesday in Fenway, all eyes were on the Yankees to see if they would retaliate.

"I took exception, " Cora said.

"I said what I had to say, letting them know what happened with Austin, " Nevin said, "that that was it".

Folks forget that the 1998 Yankees, at least the most revered club since the days of Babe Ruth, didn't exactly charge out the gate with a sprawling winning streak. Walden gave up three runs, two earned, in the ninth, but Kimbrel came in and slammed the door closed.

Hitting in front of Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Stanton, and Sanchez, who have all been swinging the bat well this series, Gardner is sure to get a lot of pitches to hit. Previous year he almost lost 20 games and led the American League in home runs allowed.

There is no malice between the two, who exchanged texts shortly after the incident, which required extensive dental and plastic surgery for Stanton.

The rivalry between two of baseball's oldest clubs had gone stagnant in recent years.

Baseball players, though, have long memories.

Kelly, 29, is in his fifth season with the Red Sox, after joining the team in the trade that sent John Lackey to St. Louis.

Asked what it is that settles a matter or stokes it, Boone said: "Professionalism". So to get you up to speed.

Or so we shall see.

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