BOSTON -- The harshest penalties from Wednesday's benches-clearing incident between the Red Sox and Yankees were handed to Joe Kelly and Christopher Austin, but the interaction between New York third-base coach Phil Nevin and Boston manager Alex Cora remained a hot topic on Thursday afternoon.Cora and Nevin were among those
BOSTON -- The harshest penalties from Wednesday's benches-clearing incident between the Red Sox and Yankees were handed to Joe Kelly and Christopher Austin, but the interaction between New York third-base coach Phil Nevin and Boston manager Alex Cora remained a hot topic on Thursday afternoon.
Cora and Nevin were among those fined by Major League Baseball for their roles in Wednesday's seventh-inning fracas at Fenway Park, during which Nevin was enraged by Cora's dismissive gestures from the Boston dugout, later calling them "pretty unprofessional."
At one point, Cora appeared to tell Nevin, "Get back in your box," moving his index fingers in the shape of the third-base coaching area. Nevin was among those ejected from the game, along with Kelly, Austin and Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle.
"When I was on the field, I did say something to him, absolutely," Nevin said. "Right to his face. To a couple of their coaches, I think. Just let them know how I felt about what happened with Austin and that was it. At the time, there was zero response. In fact, maybe a little backpedal, if you will."
Cora said on Thursday that he believed Nevin was out of line.
"After the whole thing, he was screaming at our dugout," Cora said. "I don't know if he was screaming specifically at me, and I took exception. I don't want to say I overreacted, but that's not me. I think for 10 games or whatever I've managed, you guys have seen me very calm over there.
"There's something about chain of command. If we're going to let everybody be screaming in situations like that, it wasn't a good situation in the beginning, and it can be worse."
When a reporter relayed Cora's comment about his violation of the "chain of command," Nevin balked.
"I saw a gesture made to me. Maybe I saw it wrong," Nevin said. "I guess those things happen, too. But that's what set me off. I saw something directed at me when I was going back to third. But if you want to talk about chain of command, then [don't] tell somebody to get back into their box. Everybody saw that, that's pretty unprofessional."
Cora said that he would not want anyone in a Red Sox uniform to behave as Nevin did.
"I don't want any of my coaches to be screaming at Aaron Boone or any of their players," Cora said. "I took exception. I made a signal. I know everybody saw it. Out of character for me, but I still didn't like the fact that he was pointing at me and screaming at me."
Nevin, who played against Cora for many years and said he congratulated him this spring on his managerial hire, said that there would be no need for the rivals to hash out their difference of opinion.
"No, I don't need to talk to him," Nevin said. "It's not how the Red Sox [and] Yankees do things, right? I'm still learning."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.