Zim vs. Pedro. A-Rod vs. Varitek.
Boston announced Ramirez left the game with a right wrist contusion and that X-rays were negative. His 15 hits entering Thursday trailed only Mookie Betts, and Ramirez had driven in at least one run in six of his last seven games. It was an impressive outing for Gray who needed to give the Yankees length following a devastating 14 inning loss the night before. It might not be tonight but the Yankees will get their payback at some point down the road. "But sometimes stuff shouldn't happen and there was no reason for fisticuffs to have to happen based on that slide at second base".
Rick Porcello turned back the clock last night at Fenway Park. "I don't think (the Red Sox) should have, you know?" "Hopefully put this to bed". Holt took issue with the contact and they exchanged words before being separated.
"He was pretty sore", manager Alex Cora said. "But I still didn't like the fact that he was pointing at me and screaming at me".
It wasn't at his head but there was clearly intent from Kelly to hit Austin and then he encouraged him to come out to the mound and fight him.
"I thought it was over after that", Austin said. Cora said LHP David Price, who left Wednesday's game in the first inning with tingling in his pitching hand, felt good playing catch Thursday and could start Monday against Baltimore.
In addition to the suspensions, Kelly and Austin have also each been fined an undisclosed amount of money.
The Yankees and Tigers met five times this spring without incident.
Kelly later denied attempting to hit Austin, but was unrepentant after aiming several punches at the Yankees player.