Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn't keen on the Red Sox retaliation on Tyler Austin that caused the seventh-inning brawl Wednesday night.
The whole incident was caused in the third inning when Austin slid into Sox shortstop Brock Holt, who caught a cleat in his calf. As the two exchanged words, both benches cleared without getting physical.
That would change, though, when Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly beamed Austin, causing the Yankees' designated hitter to charge the mound. Both benches filed out of the dugout again to break up the altercation.
After the game, Boone said he didn't think Kelly should have had a motive to go after Austin.
"I don't think they should of," Boone said. "I mean, I thought it was a hard slide into second, nothing remotely dirty about it. And then to take matters into your own hands and go hit one of our guys for that I thought was an overreaction. I didn't think it was right."
As for Austin charging the mound, Boone backed his player all the way.
"Yeah," Boone quickly answered. "I mean, Tyler Austin is playing the game clean, the right way and then someone decides to fire one at you at 99 [mph]. You never know how you react in that situation. So, I got no issue with that."
Austin and Kelly were both ejected, and will likely face suspension for their role in the brawl. Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin was also thrown out despite never getting physical with any Red Sox coach or player.
However, Boone said after the skirmish, the Red Sox bench continued to jaw at the Yankees which caused Nevin to run across the field yelling at the Sox' dugout.
"I think there was some jawing from the other dugout and I think our side certainly took exception with being thrown at on what we thought was unwarranted. Some words exchanged and I think it was one of those they [umpires] saw Phil maybe talking to the bench but he was just responding to them yelling at him."
Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle was also thrown out of the game as Boone said he thought an umpire pushed him, and Kahnle voiced his frustration toward them to eventually receive the ejection.
The Yankees still have one more game in Fenway, but Boone doesn't see this bad blood carrying over to tomorrow night.
"No. I think it's probably over with," he said. "Yeah, I think it's over with. We're just happy to come out of here with a win."
With New York snapping the Red Sox nine-game win streak, and more importantly their two-game losing streak, the brawl may very well have ignited a fire in the Yankees' clubhouse.