Punches fly during bench-clearing Major League Baseball brawl

Posted August 27, 2017

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera received the stiffest punishment as he was suspended for seven games for inciting the benches-clearing brawl at Comerica Park.

Both benches and bullpens quickly emptied into a scrum around home plate, and Cabrera and Romine were ejected - with Romine screaming at umpire crew chief Dave Duncan before leaving the field.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was handed a seven-game suspension for initiating the scrum as well as his role in the fight. Others who were fined for their actions during the incidents were Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Tigers shortstop José Iglesias.

Sanchez was suspended for throwing a sucker punch at Cabrera.

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Also suspended were Tigers reliever Alex Wilson (four games), NY catcher Austin Romine (two games) and Detroit Manager Brad Ausmus (one game). Cabrera and Romine were ejected from the game. "It's going to be four games that I'm not going to be able to help the team and I know they need me, so it's not a good feeling".

Before Thursday's brawl, the Yankees were leading the wild-card race and were only 4 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place.

After the umpires broke everyone up, the teams resumed the game, but it was far from over.

Not fined or suspended was Dellin Betances, who hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the helmet with a 98-mph fastball in the seventh inning after warnings had been given. Additionally, the press release stated that if Wilson appeals his suspension, Ausmus' will be effective on the same day that Wilson serves his, if any.

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McCann stayed in the game, and it was well worth it, as he crushed a 433-foot home run in his next at-bat.

Brad Ausmus, the manager for the Tigers was given a suspension of one game due to warnings being in place and Wilson for hitting Frazier intentionally. The two were talking with third baseman Nicholas Castellanos when Verlander gestured emphatically toward Martinez and walked away.

The under is 15-6-1 in New York last 22 road games and New York are 17-7 in their last 24 Wednesday games while New York are 7-1 in Severino's last 8 starts.

Cabrera was 0-3 with a strikeout in the game.

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