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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.