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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora runs onto the field as he is introduced during ceremonies before the home against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Thursday

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora runs onto the field as he is introduced during ceremonies before the home against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Thursday

Twice the benches cleared in Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin was the in the middle of everything.

The New York Yankees first meeting of the season against Boston turned out as complete domination by the Red Sox. It came with the Yankees leading, 10-6.

Sanchez surpassed his entire production all season tonight with three hits and four runs batted in. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout. Judge and Stanton both had solid games at the plate in the blowout loss in the opener. On Wednesday afternoon, Shepherd made his 2018 debut by going 5 innings, giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts on 85 pitches (54 strikes). Aroldis Chapman gave up two hits and a run on a wild pitch in the ninth, but got three outs to end the game.

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All of the runs that he gave up were by the way of the home run.

Phillies 6, Reds 1: Aaron Nola pitched eight solid innings, Scott Kingery hit a grand slam and Philadelphia defeated host Cincinnati. Odubel Herrera also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and run for the Phillies.

Tanaka entered the fifth having retired 10 batters in a row, but would then run into a world of trouble.

Indians 2, Tigers 1: Roberto Perez hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning, lifting Cleveland over visiting Detroit.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 3 (11 innings): Matt Carpenter cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning as St. Louis outlasted visiting Milwaukee.

The two-time American League All-Star expected the first of 19 meetings between these ancient rivals this season would be "very intense, like a playoff game" and it would be important to "stay even-keeled".

- Bobby Poyner came in and pitched a scoreless second inning, but was tagged for one run on a Tyler Austin RBI single in the third.

The benches cleared after a slide into second base by the Yankees.

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