But four innings later, the benches cleared again when Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly hit batter Austin directly in the ribcage with a 97.7 miles per hour fastball. Each player appealed their punishments, and they are eligible to play while their appeals are considered.
It wasn't at his head but there was clearly intent from Kelly to hit Austin and then he encouraged him to come out to the mound and fight him.
The Yankees did push across three runs in the ninth inning after two walks and an error loaded the bases and Sanchez unloaded them with a three-run double off reliever Marcus Walden.
If the Yankees are going to live up to their high expectations this season, they have to get past the Red Sox.
The 42-year-old Cora is in his first season as Red Sox manager, after playing for the team from 2005-08 as part of his 14-year Major League Baseball playing career.
Austin, Kelly and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin were ejected.
I know this isn't hockey where guys lawfully exchange punches on ice as a way to settle personal scores or perceived offenses by the opposing team, but putting a fastball in an opponents backside has been an acceptable part of the game for decades - I dare say for over a century.
Kelly and Austin were fined as well, but the amounts of the those fines were not immediately released.
Holt was clipped by Austin's spike and didn't like it, the benches and bullpens emptying with no real fracas.
Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in four ejections.
After the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn't think his player did anything "even remotely dirty" on the slide at second base. Say what you want about the slide which led to Austin getting drilled but Kelly started the fighting by throwing a 98 miles per hour fastball high and tight.
"It seemed like he threw everything where he wanted to throw it", Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland said.
Well, Tyler Austin did exactly that in the third inning. "It was one of those that got away", Kelly said.
- After exiting Wednesday's game in the first inning, David Price is set to make his next start after a successful day of catch Thursday.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) has won each of his two starts this season. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six. He is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six starts against Boston.