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Joe Kelly, Tyler Austin suspended for Red Sox-Yankees brawl

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 4/13/2018 By Peter Abraham
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Major League Baseball reacted swiftly to the brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees on Wednesday night, issuing fines and suspensions on Thursday.

Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended for six games by MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Tyler Austin in the seventh inning.

Austin was suspended five games and fined for charging the mound and fighting.

Both players appealed their suspensions and will be available to play until their cases are heard.

MLB also fined Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.

Four players on the disabled list who went onto the field — Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez and Dustin Pedroia of the Sox and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia — also were fined.

The fight was the byproduct of Austin’s aggressive slide into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt in the third inning. When Austin came to the plate in the seventh inning, Kelly hit him in the back with a fastball. Austin then charged the mound and was punched several times by Kelly.

Kelly denied intent, a specious argument given the situation.

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