Joe Kelly suspended six games, Tyler Austin five games for Wednesday’s incident

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On Wednesday night, the Red Sox and Yankees had two benches-clearing incidents that stemmed from what the Red Sox perceived as a dirty slide by Tyler Austin into shortstop Brock Holt, covering second base. Holt and Austin had a few words and the benches emptied in the third inning. Later in the game, Joe Kelly threw at Austin, prompting Austin to charge the mound and both benches to empty again.

Major League Baseball has levied punishments for Kelly and Austin. Kelly has been suspended six games for intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting. Austin has been suspended five games for charging the mound and fighting. Both players are appealing their suspensions, so they will be able to play until that is taken care of. Austin was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Also fined for their roles in Wednesday’s dust-up: Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin. CC Sabathia, Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez, and Dustin Pedroia were fined for being on the disabled list and entering the field of play.

The Yankees and Red Sox start the final game of their three-game series at Fenway Park in just over an hour, so that should be interesting.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.