Girardi Says Ausmus Cursed Out Yankees Player In Scrum

The tensions were already high in the fifth inning after Gary Sanchez got plunked by Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer in the at-bat following his fourth home run of the series.

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. Kahnle was immediately ejected, while a protesting Joe Girardi was also tossed.

Cabrera was upset after Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle threw behind him.

"Sanchez is going to wear it", the Hall of Famer told MLB Network (via the New York Daily News) after the game that featured three separate bench-clearing incidents and saw a total of eight players, managers and coaches ejected.

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances chose to counter back, whether you think it is intentional or not, by drilling Tigers' catcher James McCann with a 98mph fastball to the head.

Also from the Tigers, righty reliever Alex Wilson - who hit Todd Frazier in the eighth inning and admitted to doing so intentionally afterwards - was suspended four games. In that clash, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was livid and trying to tangle with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Sanchez had homered off of Fulmer earlier, making it a very suspicious pitch, even if Fulmer did act like he was frustrated that Sanchez had been hit in the waist.

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Ausmus denied cursing out a Yankees player, per the Detroit News.

Miguel Cabrera was among four ejected in the sixth inning.

What happened at Comerica Park on Thursday in a game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees felt more like MMA than baseball.

The scuffle between Cabrera and Romine began after reliever Aroldis Chapman finished his warmup pitches following Kahnle's ejection.

Austin Romine's brother, Andrew, is on the Tigers!

Sanchez sucker-punched Miguel Cabrera while he was on the ground during one of the brawls, but only Cabrera was ejected. The benches cleared again, but no punches were thrown. Again, the benches clear, but just like the second one, no brawl. The next batter, Jose Iglesias, subsequently hit a three-run double off of Robertson, proving too much for the Yankees to overcome in their 10-6 loss.

  • Lawrence Cooper