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Update: Red Sox, Yankees benches empty for a second time

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Update (10:05 PM ET): The benches emptied again in the top of the seventh as Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly hit Austin with a pitch. Austin slammed his bat, charged the mound, and a fracas ensued. Kelly certainly threw a few punches. Unlike the benches-clearing incident in the third inning, this one was heated and there will certainly be some suspensions and fines levied by Major League Baseball.

Kelly and Austin were both ejected, as was Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.

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The benches and bullpens of the Red Sox and Yankees spilled onto the field in the top of the third inning of Wednesday’s game at Fenway Park. Shortstop Brock Holt wasn’t happy with the aggressive slide from Tyler Austin after Christian Vasquez whipped the ball to second base to get the force out on a bunt by Tyler Wade. Holt had a few words with Austin, who didn’t like those words, and then players from both teams ran towards the two players. It didn’t appear that any punches were thrown and there were no ejections.

The Yankees, leading 5-1 at the time of the incident, have since tacked on more runs and now lead 8-1 as of this writing. Gary Sanchez has hit two two-run home runs.

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry didn’t need any juice, but we’ll see if Wednesday’s dispute creates any drama going forward.

The two clubs weren’t the only ones to have a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday. The Padres and Rockies had a tiff of their own in the afternoon.

Reds are the frontrunner for Nicholas Castellanos

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”

The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.

Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.