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A Yankees brawl made for the most intense baseball game we’ve seen in years

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Clayton Guse

During a game between the Tigers and the Yankees in the Motor City, a full-blown brawl broke out between the two teams.

The donnybrook began when Yanks catcher Gary Sánchez was hit (by a ball...for now) by Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer. (Sánchez had homered earlier in the evening. Just saying.) Next, the balls continued to fly fast and loose as Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle threw a pitch behind Miguel Cabrera’s back. Kahnle was promptly and surprisingly ejected, which led Yankees manager Joe Girardi to angrily voice his displeasure at the umpire, who proceeded to eject Girardi as well. It was the first of six ejections during the game. 

To pass the time during the delay, Yankees catcher Austin Romine and Cabrera began arguing about who is the better baseball man (probably). Romine then took off his mask, and Cabrera socked him in the face. 

Both teams’ benches cleared, players on both sides said some very impolite things and Romine pinned Cabrera to the ground while one of his teammates repeatedly threw punches at the Tigers star. While that might seem like a cheap move on Romine’s part, it’s worth noting that no one's ever made it in New York without breaking a rule or two. 

Romine and Cabrera were both ejected, and the Yankees went on to lose by a score of 6–10. The Bronx Bombers totally won that fight, though. 

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