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Cora tossed as tempers flare in 1st vs. Yankees

Cora tossed as tempers flare in 1st vs. Yankees

BOSTON — Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected one pitch into the bottom of the first inning of Friday’s game against the New York Yankees for arguing after an inside pitch to Mookie Betts.

In the top of the first, New York leadoff batter Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch from Boston’s Rick Porcello and took a moment to stare down the right-hander on his way to first base. There was no warning issued. However, home plate umpire Adam Hamari wasted no time issuing warnings to both dugouts when Luis Severino threw a fastball high and inside to Betts on his first pitch in the bottom half of the inning.

Cora stormed out of the dugout and got in the face of Hamari, who quickly signaled the ejection as Boston fans booed loudly. The first-year manager, who had never been ejected, continued to let Hamari have it before crew chief Phil Cuzzi separated him from Hamari and guided him back toward the dugout.

The ejection followed Boston’s 15-7 rout of New York in Thursday’s series opener, which gave the Red Sox a season-high 6½-game lead in the AL East.

One inning after Cora’s ejection, Betts was forced to move from right field to second base when Ian Kinsler left the game with left hamstring tightness.

Kinsler did not come out for the second inning after he appeared to injure himself while rounding third base and scoring during Boston’s three-run first.

Betts played at second base for the first time since his rookie year in 2014, when he played 14 games at the position. He was drafted as a shortstop and played primarily at second base in his first few years in the minors before transitioning to the outfield.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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