Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Throws Punches in Tigers-Yankees Bench-Clearing Brawl

Aroldis Chapman had just finished his warm-up pitches, summoned from the bullpen after Tommy Kahnle had been ejected for throwing the first pitch of the at-bat behind Cabrera's back.

Following the pitch that nearly hit Miguel Cabrera, a series of events took place that led to the brawl.

Joe Girardi was one of many, many people who got ejected from the multiple fights between Yankees and Tigers players on Thursday afternoon.

What likely got Girardi going was that Tigers starter Michael Fulmer remained in the game and was not warned after hitting Sanchez on the hip in the fifth inning. Sanchez had slugged his fourth home run in the series in the fourth inning.

Sanchez, who was seen on video sneaking in a punch during the sixth-inning brawl, replaced Romine behind the plate.

Sanchez soon arrived from the Yankees bench and clearly landed a body blow to Detroit's Cabrera and appears to land another later during the brawl, while Romine also landed a few of his own.

The drama rebooted in the seventh inning, when the Tigers' James McCann was hit in the head by a 98 miles per hour fastball from Dellin Betances.

Romine and Cabrera were both ejected from the game, per Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group. Wilson was ejected, along with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

And when that day arrives, the Red Sox at least, and possibly the Royals, Twins, and Angels as well, should send a big thank you note to the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera for provoking a team whose brand is far from what we saw yesterday.

"I think I still got him by two feet", Judge said.

"He said, 'Do you have a problem with me?'" said Romine, whose brother, Andrew, plays for the Tigers.

Last month, these same teams had a game at Yankee Stadium in which four batters were hit.

Sanchez, meanwhile, defended why he threw those punches. Benches cleared again in the eighth when Tigers reliever Alex Wilson hit Todd Frazier. Betances was ejected, as was acting manager Rob Thompson after he argued it was an accident. With Frazier being restrained, it seemed that the focus turned to the tense argument between Brett Gardner and Jose Iglesias. Romine then tackled him and the two exchanged blows.

Tigers catcher James McCann was beamed by the Yankees Dellin Betances, in a scary moment that seemingly left the hitter out cold.

  • Tracy Klein