Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, left, tries to pull Justin Verlander, center, away from New York Yankees' Chase Headley during the second bench-clearing of the baseball game, in the seventh inning Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 10-6.
Photo: AP Photo/Duane Burleson
Photo: AP Photo/Duane Burleson

ICYMI: The Yankees and Tigers had a bench-clearing brawl

The benches cleared and punches were thrown during Thursday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

The brawl began in the sixth inning when Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine had a heated exchange at home plate and subsequently wrestled each other to the ground.

Both teams’ benches and Yankees bullpen in the outfield quickly joined in.

Before the punches were thrown, Cabrera was hit by a pitch by Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle who was ejected. Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

"First of all, when they throw at me, it was OK. I was cool. They wanted to avenge Gary Sanchez, so I was cool with that," Cabrera said, according to CBS Sports. "So, when they started arguing with (the) umpire, I said to Romine, 'Calm down,' and he said, 'I wasn't (expletive) talking to you.'”

The Tigers (55-71) went on to win Thursday's matchup 10-6 to avoid the three-game series sweep at Comerica Park.

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