Tyler Austin absorbed a 97.7-mph fastball with his left elbow and slammed his bat violently on home plate, taking a few purposeful steps toward the mound. Joe Kelly removed the glove from his left hand and beckoned toward the batter, inviting this score to be settled in the center of Fenway Park.
Those actions cleared both benches and bullpens in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 10-7 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, and will surely be scrutinized by Major League Baseball in the days to come. They also delivered an unmistakable pronouncement: The rivalry is back.
“I felt like that it was intentional and I didn’t want to let anybody push myself around or do anything like that,” Austin said. “That’s why I went out there.”
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