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MLB: Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin suspended for roles in Red Sox-Yankees brawl

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly and the Yankees’ Tyler Austin have been suspended for their roles in the brawl between the AL East rivals at Fenway Park.

Kelly was suspended for six games and Austin received a five-game penalty. Each player appealed their punishments, and they are eligible to play while their appeals are considered.

Major League Baseball announced the discipline on Thursday.

Kelly, Austin, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin also were fined. Four players on the disabled list also were fined for entering the field during the skirmish: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, and Red Sox infielders Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, and Marco Hernandez.

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In the seventh inning of New York’s 10-7 win on Wednesday night, Kelly actually threw at Austin twice. The first pitch missed, but the second one drilled him in the back. The designated hitter then charged the mound, prompting both benches to empty.

The Red Sox were upset with Austin after he slid late into second in the third inning and his spikes caught Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt, who had leaned away from the bag after receiving the throw from third baseman Rafael Devers for the forceout.

MLB hiring improving

A diversity report released Thursday finds major league baseball is showing improvement with its racial and hiring gender practices. The report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida finds a “significant” increase in racial hiring practices and a “slight” increase in gender hiring.

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Health report

Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio will be away from the team for a couple of weeks because of an undisclosed health issue. ... Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is expected to make his next start after being hit on the jaw by a line drive against the Indians on Wednesday night.

sports@latimes.com


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