For the second consecutive day, a key Red Sox veteran exited in the first inning.
As Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius prepared to field the throw from first baseman Neil Walker, he lost his balance and fell, his legs splayed wide near the bag.
If Bradley Jr. had followed Austin's lead, there is no telling the damage he might have wrought. Perhaps not only was secure, but but was Leon at-first. Both HBPs by both pitchers were clearly a ball that got away from them on a wet night in Boston.
He continued: "Everybody is out here trying to play the game and make a living for themselves and their families". At the end of the day you don't want anybody hurt.
"I decided, for my sake, let's just push it back and make sure that everything is fine".
Whether that is indeed that is not certain. Benches first cleared when Tyler Austin slid into Brock Holt at second base with his spikes up, and then Joe Kelly later drilled Austin, which sparked a brawl.
Major League Baseball suspended Boston reliever Joe Kelly for six games and New York's Tyler Austin for five games for their roles in the brawl Wednesday night. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who served as the Houston Astros' bench coach last season, recalled hearing Carlos Beltran talk about Porcello's velocity and movement remaining consistent but his changeup being less effective than in the past.
"Sometimes you've got a man on second, man on third, and you've got to call that pitch and you don't know what to call", catcher Sandy Leon said. The gesture further riled Nevin.
"Day-to-day. He was pretty sore", Cora said, as seen on NESN's postgame coverage. "But I still didn't like the fact that he was pointing at me and screaming at me". The pitcher-batter matchup tests the very limits of human reaction time even when a hitter has no reason whatsoever to expect a triple-digit fastball coming straight for his head.
After the chaotic night on Wednesday in Fenway, all eyes were on the Yankees to see if they would retaliate.
Austin charged because Kelly told him to bring it after Kelly hit Austin with a 98-mph fastball on the elbow.
Both players are reportedly appealing their suspensions.
The Yankees and Tigers met five times this spring without incident.
The error by Wade was the 13th by the Yankees in 13 matches this past year.
The injury prompted Stanton to wear a protective flap on his batting helmet.
It's different now: Aggressive bullpen use and the general improvement of the game across the board means clubs now typically have multiple fresh arms throwing in the high-90s in the late innings of ballgames. That said, there are 16 meetings left between the two teams, and baseball players have long memories.
"Two competitive teams going at it and stuff happens, " Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of the scuffle. But regardless of how much he downplayed it, the Red Sox have to be concerned that Price couldn't feel his hand in an early-season start against the Yankees.