On April 11, 2018 — Today’s MLB action is marred by a couple of bench-clearing brawls. In the Yankees’ 10 – 7 win over Boston, Tyler Austin charges the mound after Joe Kelly drills him with a 97 mph fastball in the 7th; he suspects that the pitch is in retaliation for a hard slide he made into SS Brock Holt, in the 3rd, which also cleared the two benches. Both Austin and Kelly are ejected, as are Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and reliever Tommy Kahnle. And in Colorado’s 6 – 4 win over the Padres, the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado goes after Luis Perdomo after being grazed by a pitch in the 3rd, emptying the benches. That play follows a couple of hit batsmen in the first two innings, and feelings are still tense over a pitch that hit Padres OF Manuel Margot two days earlier, landing him on the disabled list. Arenado and Perdomo are sent off, as are Padres C A.J. Ellis and Rockies P German Marquez and OF Gerardo Parra. MLB will bring down the hammer, suspending Kelly for 6 games; Austin, Arenado and Perdomo for 5; and Parra and Padres pitcher Buddy Baumann for one each, in addition to handing out numerous fines to others involved in the two incidents.


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