Punishments handed down for Yankees-Tigers brawl

Punishments handed down for Yankees-Tigers brawl

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has received a seven-game suspension for inciting the first bench-clearing incident and fighting.

Both benches and bullpens quickly emptied into a scrum around home plate, and Cabrera and Romine were ejected - with Romine screaming at umpire crew chief Dave Duncan before leaving the field.

Romine, who wrestled Cabrera to the ground and then punched him four or five times in the side, has been suspended two games.

The bench-clearing fistfight began when Tigers star Miguel Cabrera clashed with Yankees catcher Austin Romine, first shoving him and then aiming punches.

Girardi, bench coach Rob Thompson, Kahnle, Brett Gardner and Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias were fined for their roles in the brawl, while Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier and first baseman Garrett Cooper were fined for entering the field while on the disabled list.

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

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.

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Manager Joe Girardi expects Romine to appeal. Wilson's actions have also lead Major League Baseball to suspend Tigers manager Brad Ausmus for one game. Sanchez's headliner came via sucker-punch to a defenseless Cabrera.

Wilson essentially acknowledged he drilled Frazier on goal to "take care" of his teammates and "make a stand". Romine was banned for "fighting, including throwing punches", and Ausmus got barred "for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place". (Judge) is going to get away (with it)? "He tried to hit me, go after me on the floor", Cabrera said.

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

Unlike most pitchers, who deny intentionally throwing a batter even when it is obvious, Wilson took full responsiblity after the game. "I think that's just another part of it that it probably could've been avoided if the umpire was standing there".

"In this case, honesty was not the best policy", Wilson said.

Ausmus said his suspension is linked to Wilson's.

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