Major League Baseball hands down hefty punishments for Tigers-Yankees brawl

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In fact, I can't ever remember seeing a player taking swings as Sanchez did, twice at players who were already engaged in combat, if you will, and basically pinned to the ground.

Cabrera received the stiffest penalty - seven games - while Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson, who hit Todd Frazier later in the game and admitted it was on goal, received a four-game ban.

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

Although Cabrera vs. Romine was the peak of the hostilities, McCann's beaning was the most frightening. New York's Tommy Kahnle then threw behind Miguel Cabrera, which led to an immediate ejection.

What exactly was Cabrera's beef, anyway?

The Yanks will be without the services of Gary Sanchez for 4 games. Sanchez was disciplined for fighting, which included him throwing multiple punches. Players bounce around more and have friends around the league, a difference from when Billy Martin despised his team fraternizing with the opponent.

The league office has spoken in the wake of Thursday's brouhaha between the Tigers and Yankees. Cabrera is in the starting lineup as the Tigers open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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The very next inning, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the helmet with a pitch.

Betances' pitch obviously was more unsafe, but common sense told you he wasn't throwing at McCann.

And it's not like Betances hasn't had major command issues this season, going through spells when he can't throw strikes. No warnings were issued, a point of contention later for the Yankees. "I think that's bull".

Romine received a two-game suspension for his actions, which included throwing punches at Cabrera.

As Cabrera approached the plate, he appeared to say something to Romine, who responded, and quickly whipped off his mask to continue the conversation. All four of the players said they would file appeals, so they would remain eligible and could play while their appeals were being considered.

"I'm sure there are going to be suspensions on both sides", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after a 10-6 loss. Joe Girardi should have said as much, but instead he made excuses for Sanchez. "Gary's got a lot of fight in him and that's one thing that you don't ever want to take away from a player".

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