Published: Fri, April 13, 2018

The Red Sox Can't Count on David Price

The Red Sox Can't Count on David Price

He took part in one of the most famous brawls in Red Sox-Yankees history, when the teams erupted in a bench-clearing melee during Game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series.

The animosity began in the third inning when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid spikes first into Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt's leg.

Three New York relievers held the Red Sox mostly at bay over the final four innings, with Jackie Bradley Jr. notching his third hit and scoring on a wild pitch in the ninth.

As the scene played out, photographers Maddie Meyer and Charles Krupa captured some wonderful photos of the fight. He would add a double in his second at-bat, followed by another home run in fourth. The biggest from JD Martinez; a grand slam in the fifth brought the game within two. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout. Overall, price allowed three hits and walked two while striking out one on 35 pitches.

NY prevailed 10-7 at Fenway Park, but there was plenty of excitement and drama from both teams.

"I don't think it was intentional, I think he was going in hard and it was a bunt", Holt said. After all the dust settled, the Red Sox still found themselves down by four to the score of 10-6.

An Austin RBI single gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead in the third. In a possible act of damage control in support of their high-priced left-hander, the Red Sox announced that Price was removed from the game for precautionary reasons after experiencing a sensation in his left hand.

The Yankees, meanwhile, are fielding Gray, who is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA to start the season. He is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six starts against Boston.

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