Tensions between the Red Sox and Yankees are once again bubbling at Fenway Park.
In the top of the first inning, Rick Porcello drummed Yankees leadoff hitter Brett Gardner with a fastball on the elbow. In the bottom of the inning, Yankees starter Luis Severino responded by unleashing his first pitch of the game – a 95-miles-per-hour fastball – in the vicinity of the head of Mookie Betts.
When home plate umpire Adam Hamari elected to issue warnings to both the Red Sox and Yankees, Sox manager Alex Cora ran to home plate to question the decision. Hamari immediately ejected Cora — the first forced departure of Cora’s managerial career – who then went on to speak with considerable animation to the umpire while also gesturing in the direction of the Yankees.
The ejection is not the first this year involving the Red Sox and Yankees. On April 11, Sox reliever Joe Kelly and then-Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (since traded) were ejected along with New York third base coach Phil Nevin when benches emptied after Kelly drilled Austin in apparent retaliation for Austin’s hard slide into Brock Holt.
After Cora’s ejection, Betts grounded out, but Andrew Benintendi followed with a double and scorching part-timer Steve Pearce followed by blasting a Severino fastball over the Green Monster for his fourth homer in two games. Those four round-trippers leave Pearce tied for the most homers ever by a Red Sox in a single series against the Yankees.