Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was involved in a fight and ejected during Thursday's game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Cabrera didn't react overmuch to the pitch behind him from Tommy Kahnle, but a brief exchange with Romine appeared to set off the future Hall of Famer.
Things quickly escalated from there, when a shove by Cabrera led the two wrestling each other to the ground, throwing jabs left and right to each player's midsection.
Tensions had risen even earlier, after Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer hit Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez with a pitch in the previous inning. Sanchez homered four times during the series, including a fourth-inning solo blast on Thursday.
Moments before the outburst, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had been tossed for arguing about Kahnle's ejection. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances hit Detroit's James McCann in the helmet in the seventh inning and benches cleared again, though not with as much fury as the first time.
"That last one was uncalled for", Frazier said of being hit by a pitch in the eighth.
"I was actually on the field, so I haven't seen it, I haven't talked to them about it", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said when asked about Verlander/Martinez incident, the Detroit Free Press reports.
A look at the Tigers players weekend jerseys and caps they'll wear for the series against the White Sox from August 25-27, 2017. "I said, 'It is not about you.' Then he pushed me".
There was plenty of finger-pointing after the game, but Giradi, the Yankees skipper, said the umpires played a huge role in the ugly game by initially tossing Kahnle out of the game instead of issuing a warning to both dugouts.
And here's Gary Sanchez rolling in out of nowhere to throw a punch as well.
But the dust briefly seemed to settle - until a few heated words between Cabrera and the Yankees catcher behind him, Austine Romine, exploded into a flurry of misplaced haymakers.
"So, when they started arguing with (the) umpire, I said to Romine, 'Calm down, ' and he said, 'I wasn't (expletive) talking to you'". It did not appears that Betances threw at James McCann on goal as it was a crucial spot in the game and he does have a tendency to be erratic.