Usually baseball fights are just a lot of posturing, a lot of chest-puffing, a lot of "come get me bro" without much action. The Yankees and Tigers didn't bother with all that, and instead went into full-on brawling, multiple times.

Gary Sanchez has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball lately, and hit a home run early in the game. In the 5th inning, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer hit Sanchez with a pitch. No fighting, just the start of some tension.

In the bottom of the 5th, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle retaliated by throwing at (and missing) Miguel Cabrera. Kahnle and Joe Girardi were ejected, but still no fighting.

As the teams were getting set to play after the delay, Cabrera said something to Yankees catcher Austin Romine, which led to Romine whipping off his mask and saying something back, which led to Cabrera shoving Romine and throwing a punch, which led to Romine wrapping up Cabrera and taking him to the ground and throwing a solid punch or two into Cabrera's gut, which led to benches clearing and bullpens emptying.

I love how excited Kenny Singleton sounds the moment after Cabrera's push - "WAITAMINNIT HERE WE GO!"  

The sides were separated and the game re-started.


In the 7th inning, Yankees Dellin Betances plunked James McCann in the head. Betances has bouts with wildness (and leads the league in HBP) but he tried to plead his case that his pitch wasn't intentional. Benches cleared again, but without quite as much action.


The wang-measuring contest continued as Todd Frazier got hit, and the benches cleared AGAIN.

On top of all that, the Tigers turned on themselves in the dugout, as an argument between Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez got heated.  

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