First, there was Tuesday night's game, when the first-place Red Sox put a 14-1 hurting on the visitors from NY, highlighted by a Mookie Betts grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning. "There was never any thought in my mind that a year ago kind of reoccured or any of that". That said, there are 16 meetings left between the two teams, and baseball players have long memories.
The Yankees jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, bouncing Red Sox starter David Price after the first inning.
Well, now it is back.
-Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a bruised jaw when struck in the face by a liner Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians. And while the baseball rivalry that has defined generations might have laid dormant for about a decade, there's zero doubt in my mind that it's back and better than ever. The two exchanged words and the benches cleared, no punches thrown. But this was the beginning of what would later come. Austin has been suspended five games for charging the mound and fighting.
Now when I go on air today at 2 pm I'm going to start so many fights with Red Sox fans it's going to be great.
Despite trailing by seven runs at one point, the Red Sox made things interesting with a five-run fifth inning that cut their deficit to 8-6.
Austin and Kelly were ejected from the game, along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and reliever Tommy Kahnle.
Nothing has been announced by the Major League Baseball yet on if anyone will be suspended or for how long, but suspensions seem inevitable.
Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in four ejections. One of the walks was to Brock Holt, who entered the game 1-for-13 for the season.
The rogues may have won the day - and the tabloid back pages - when Tyler Austin slid late and wide, Joe Kelly fired high and tight, and a bench-emptying brawl commenced. I thought game two would be low scoring and no one would start an issue.
So who will play first base in the meantime with Austin suspended? Last night Walker played first base and Tyler Austin was the DH while Andujar played third base. Moreland followed with a single to score Holt and put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Gray finally got out of the inning.