3 bench-clearing brawls as Tigers top Yankees

It culminated in an all-brawl in the sixth inning after a push and shove between Tigers hitter Miguel Cabrera and NY catcher Austin Romine.

A bench-clearing brawl broke out in the 6th inning of today's game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, sparked by a fight at home plate between Yankees catcher, Austin Romine, and Tigers slugger, Miguel Cabrera.

The big brawl came in the sixth when Cabrera took exception to almost getting hit by Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle. Both benches cleared, and, while there was shoving, no more punches were thrown.

It started with Gary Sanchez getting hit by a pitch from Tigers starter Michael Fulmer.

First up is Gary Sanchez, whose testosterone level has been sky high of late anyway with nine home runs in his last eleven games.

At that point, Cabrera pounced and an all-out brawl ensued with Cabrera taking a few swings and appearing to land one or more.

Moments before the outburst, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had been tossed for arguing about Kahnle's ejection. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances was ejected an inning later for hitting James McCann with a pitch.

Both Romine and Cabrera were ejected from the game, but there promises to be multiple suspensions stemming from the brawl.

There are already a lot of Major League Baseball rumors about the suspensions that could get handed out for members of the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers.

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"I think I was trying to pull him off at the time", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Sanchez.

While the Yankees are playing for a postseason spot, the Tigers are not. "I said, 'It is not about you.' Then he pushed me".

"When they started arguing with [the] umpire, I said to Romine, 'Calm down, ' and he said, 'I wasn't f--ing talking to you, '" Cabrera told reporters.

Benches would clear two more times after subsequent hit-by-pitchers.

"I don't know what he was thinking to be honest with you, " Todd Frazier said.

The Yankees tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning on Iglesias's three-run double to the left-center-field gap off David Robertson, who had replaced Betances. Four batters were hit by pitches in the game, two from each side.

Betances was not ejected immediately after hitting McCann in the head, which drew an argument from Ausmus as players again exchanged words.

  • Megan Austin