Once slugger Miguel Cabrera wrestled New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine to the ground at home plate, an afternoon game at Comerica Park collapsed into total chaos.
All the testiness that had been building between the Detroit Tigers and the Yankees finally boiled over. The toll of Thursday’s fury — three bench-clearing altercations, eight ejections, one beaning and a lot of angry words.
“I’m sure there are going to be suspensions on both sides,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after a 10-6 loss.
The winning and losing pitchers — Detroit’s Alex Wilson (2-4) and New York’s Dellin Betances (3-5) — were among those tossed. So were Girardi and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Justin Verlander and teammate Victor Martinez appeared to get into some sort of dispute.
“I was actually on the field, so I haven’t seen it and haven’t talked to them about it,” Ausmus said of the dust-up between Verlander and Martinez. “I’m aware of it, but I couldn’t tell you what it was about.”
Perhaps the only positive thing: This was the final time the Yankees and Tigers would play this season.
James McCann and Justin Upton homered for Detroit, and Gary Sanchez went deep for the Yankees, but that all became secondary on a day when the umpires had their hands full
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-yankees-tigers-brawl-20170825-story.html
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