The Yankees eventually won, 10-7, last night at Fenway Park to snap the Red Sox' nine-game losing streak, but the bigger story was Joe Kelly throwing a pitch at Austin in the seventh and starting a benches-clearing fight. Mookie Betts helped out, going four for four with a grand slam.
Tanaka has had a fair amount of success over his past few starts at Fenway Park, only allowing six runs over his past 30 innings. The lone time when two runners were on base at the same time, Sale struck out Stanton and Judge to extinguish the potential threat. The last Boston pitcher to do that in consecutive starts at any point in the season was Clay Buchholz, who did it in April of 2013.
The Red Sox with the win are now 9-1 and off to their best ever start as a franchise. Andrew Benintendi had two hits and two RBI. He supplied the Yankees with their only run as Luis Severino was blasted for five runs over five innings of work on the mound. But with Boston bursting for nine runs in a very lengthy bottom of the sixth inning, his services were no longer needed.
The Yankees' valuation was pinned at $4 billion, a billion more than the second-ranked Los Angeles Dodgers.
Stanton had been hitting.196 with 22 strikeouts in 46 at bats so far this season.
It was clear that Kelly's aggression toward Austin was fueled by his earlier slide at the second base when he caught Red Sox shortstop Holt.
Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has given up no runs and just seven hits in 14 innings during his first two starts this season.
Price exited Wednesday's game against the Yankees after just one inning, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Perhaps the weather has been a factor, or the fact that he faced Tampa Bay twice. Gary Sanchez hit a homer, his fifth against Price.
In Minneapolis, Jake Odorizzi grinded through six innings for his first win with the Twins, and leadoff man Brian Dozier walked a career-high four times.
IN THE BATTER'S BOX- Down 4-0 in the first inning, Hanley Ramirez blasted solo home run into an advertisement above the Monster seats. In the second he singled. It was his 25th career homer in the ninth inning or later. She threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field. He didn't allow a runner past second base. From grand slams to bench-clearers, there was no shortage of chaos in this one.
- Bradley Jr. paced the Sox with a three-hit game, while Martinez had a pair of hits. The Reds have lost three in a row.