Justin Verlander tweets reaction to bench-clearing Tigers brawl

Justin Verlander tweets reaction to bench-clearing Tigers brawl

Eight players in total were ejected from the game, which the Tigers won by the final score of 10-6.

"I was actually on the field, so I haven't seen it and haven't talked to them about it", Ausmus said.

NY righty reliever Dellin Betances, who hit catcher James McCann in the head with a fastball, was not suspended. Ausmus was ejected after that incident.

On the Yankees' side, Sanchez, who was spotted punching Cabrera while he was in the middle of the melee, received a four-game suspension and Romine got a two-game ban. Cabrera approached the plate and exchanged words with Romine. Cabrera then pushed Austin Romine and threw a punch, sparking a scuffle and prompting both benches to clear.

The Tigers are in Chicago this weekend for series against the White Sox and the Yankees are in NY hosting the Seattle Mariners.

"First of all, when they threw at me, it was OK. I was cool with that", Cabrera said.

"I was in the dugout and I saw Romine rolling on the [ground] with the other guys", Sanchez said through an interpreter. "Continue to fight together, that's it", said Joe Girardi after the game.

The game took a turn when Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer hit Yankees star Gary Sanchez in the top of the fifth inning. An inning earlier, in the fourth, Sanchez had homered off Fulmer.

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Kahnle was immediately ejected and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected soon afterwards. The Tigers said Fulmer, who recently came off the disabled list with elbow irritation, felt a "zinger" when he released the ball.

"So when I went to home plate, I said, 'You got a F-- problem with me?' And he said, 'Why?' I said, 'I tried to calm you down, and you tried to act tough.' And he took off his mask like he wants to fight".

"I don't think it was intentional", McCann said.

Girardi was steamed at the umpires in general afterward. "To me, there's a lot of confusion and that's not to mention the strike zone late in the game".

"Just a very poor job on their part", Girardi told the media after the game. Betances said he didn't hit McCann on objective, and McCann said afterward: "I don't think it was intentional". Robertson would walk the next batter and give up a bases clearing double to Jose Iglesias, giving the Tigers a three run lead.

Sanchez, who started Thursday at designated hitter, was not among the players ejected.

Alex Wilson picked up the win and Shane Greene posted his fourth save.

The Yankees tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh.

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