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Yankees Battle Tigers in Detroit, Literally

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An afternoon matchup between the Yankees and the Tigers turned into a brawl on Thursday

You may not have been looking for a Thursday afternoon prelim to the McGregor vs Mayweather fight this weekend, but if you were watching the matchup between the Tigers and Yankees, that’s pretty much what you got.

After hitting his 4th home run of the series in the top of the 4th inning on Thursday, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch from Michael Fulmer in the top of the 5th. At this point, home plate umpire Carlos Torres probably should have issued warnings to both benches to keep the game under control. He failed to do that.

Fast forward to the bottom of the 6th. With two outs, reliever Tommy Kahnle threw behind Miguel Cabrera with what looked to be an intentional pitch. Torres immediately threw Kahnle out of the game which spurred Yankees manager Joe Girardi to come running out of the dugout.

Girardi was irate to say the least, obviously upset with the way Torres was handling the game.

After Girardi was ejected from the game, Miggy and catcher Austin Romine appeared to be exchanging words at home plate. Things escalated and Miggy started throwing punches. The two players went to the ground and ignited a brawl, the benches cleared.

At this point, it’s important to point out that Gary Sanchez can be seen throwing punches at Miguel Cabrera. The league will surely be looking over the video of this entire game to determine which players will be fined and/or suspended. Sanchez has been the Yankees’ best hitter so far in the second half and they need him in the lineup.

It ain’t over

In the bottom of the 7th, Tigers catcher James McCann was hit in the helmet by a fastball from Dellin Betances. Benches cleared and another brawl ensued. Betances was ejected from the game along with Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson.

Then David Robertson came in and hit John Hicks with a pitch. He was not ejected. Robertson would walk the next batter and give up a bases clearing double to Jose Iglesias, giving the Tigers a three run lead.

In the top of the 8th with one out, Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch from Alex Wilson. Benches cleared, again, and Brett Gardner had to be separated from Jose Iglesias after the two players got into a heated argument of their own. Wilson was ejected from the game along with manager Brad Ausmus.

Altogether there were eight different players ejected from Thursday’s game. Five from New York and three from Detroit.

The Tigers would go on to win with a final score of 10-6.

A few things to take away from this giant mess of a game

Home plate umpire Carlos Torres could have prevented all of this by simply issuing warnings to both teams after the Sanchez HBP in the 5th inning. This may have prevented Kahnle from throwing at Miggy, which is where the game began to spiral out of control.

Secondly, all star catcher Gary Sanchez is likely facing a fine and possibly a suspension. The Yankees will miss the hottest hitter in their lineup for several days. At this point of the season, every game is a crucial one.

Finally, the aftermath of this debacle could be a turning point in the Yankees season. Hopefully, it will bring these guys closer together. Now they all know that they’re willing to fight for each other, literally. It’s time to fight for the ultimate goal. October is fast approaching and the chase for a 28th championship should be the only thing that matters.

When it was all over, eight players and coaches were ejected in an afternoon matchup between the Yankees and Tigers on Thursday in a game highlighted by hit batters and a brawl.