NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: Ben Heller #61 celebrates with Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 10-3.
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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays were warned to not throw at one another before Wednesday night’s game.

New York Yankees reliever Ben Heller threw only three pitches before he was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Heller let a fastball get away from him and drilled Rays outfielder Hunter Renfroe in the leg.

Ben Heller pleaded his case with home plate Carlos Torres to no avail. Torres and the rest of the crew convened, and Heller was ejected. Though likely unintentional, both teams were issued warnings ahead of the first pitch after Tuesday night’s postgame fracas that resulted in three suspensions.

The Yankees then handed the ball to Luis Cessa and must now manage their bullpen accordingly. Thursday features a makeup game against the New York Mets, while Friday brings a doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles.

New York trails the Rays 5-0 in the fifth inning. Stay tuned to ESNY for updates as this story develops.


Josh Benjamin is a Bronx native who lives and breathes the New York Yankees despite being born into a family full of Mets fans. He is the MLB Editor at RealSport and considers himself a student of the game. When not writing, he can be found either at Yankee Stadium or deep in discussion with his fellow sports nuts.