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Punches fly during bench-clearing Major League Baseball brawl

27 August 2017

Discipline has been issued to members of the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees as a result of the bench-clearing incidents during Thursday's game at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The fracas Thursday ignited in the sixth inning when Kahnle threw a ball behind Cabrera, resulting in Kahnle and Girardi being ejected.

Manager Joe Girardi, bench coach Rob Thomson, reliever Tommy Kahnle, outfielder Clint Frazier and first baseman Garrett Cooper were Yankees who received fines.

Wilson hit Frazier in the eighth inning, and Brett Gardner had to be restrained while trying to get at Tigers infielder Jose Iglesias during the third meeting of the teams on the field.

Cabrera and manager Brad Ausmus spoke to reporters shortly after the news broke, and voiced their displeasure with the punishment.

Sanchez has received heavy criticism for what many have called sucker punches when he hit both Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos at a time both had been defenseless.

Managers are automatically ejected when their team's pitcher throws a retaliatory pitch after warnings have been issued.

The Sanchez suspension could be costly for the Yankees, who are fighting for a spot in the playoffs.

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"Just a very poor job on their part. very, very poor", Girardi said.

Privately the Yankees had to be thrilled not to lose their hottest hitter for an extra two or three games, especially after Sanchez's behavior sparked universal condemnation around baseball - and rightly so.

Fulmer looked like he might be hurt after throwing that pitch, and he was checked by the trainer before staying in the game.

Betances was tossed after hitting James McCann in the helmet with a pitch an inning after the first major brawl. I guess Romine is supposed to stand there and take a punch. "And I think this was a pretty close-knit group but obviously there's been a lot of new names that have come in, and I think what you see is, you'll probably see a closer-knit group today".

Wilson essentially acknowledged he drilled Frazier on objective to "take care" of his teammates and "make a stand".

"With me hitting a guy in the leg, it's what I have to do and that's what I did", Wilson said.

"We did a nice job of fighting back, excuse the expression", Ausmus said.