Count former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez among the players lashing out against Gary Sanchez's cheap shots during Thursday's brawl between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Wilson was ejected, along with Ausmus.
- Major League Baseball has suspended Miguel Cabrera seven games for his part in the Yankees brawl from the Tigers wild 10-6 win Thursday. "I'm aware of it, but I couldn't tell you what it was about". I'm not here to throw anybody's names out there.
"If you can't see that Fulmer clearly hit Sanchez on objective, there's something wrong", Girardi said.
As for the recent protest by umpires, who wore wristbands to draw attention to what they saw as unreasonable verbal abuse from players and managers, Manfred said: "I want to be clear that the protest was a violation of their collective bargaining agreement". "And he took of his mask like he wanted to fight".
Just an inning earlier, Detroit starter Michael Fulmer tagged DH Gary Sanchez with a heater, yet Fulmer was allowed to stay in the game. Kahnle and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who came out to argue with the umpire, were ejected for that. "And he doesn't take that into the offense, and I think that's a key to good hitting and a good professional athlete". Sanchez had slugged his fourth home run in the series in the fourth inning.
Beyond that, he cited examples from the final few innings of the game where the strike zone was at best questionable. "To me, there's a lot of confusion and that's not to mention the strike zone late in the game".
McCann was on the ground but quickly back on his feet and shouting at Betances., who argued the pitch wasn't intentional. It did not appears that Betances threw at James McCann on objective as it was a crucial spot in the game and he does have a tendency to be erratic.
Sanchez and Aaron Hicks drove in two runs apiece and Brett Gardner had four hits for the Yankees (68-58). Sanchez is in the midst of another power surge, going 5-for-11 with three homers and seven RBIs in a pair of lopsided wins for NY, which remains 4 1/2 games back of first-place Boston in the American League East. Detroit has been outscored 25-6 in the series to fall to 1-8 over its last nine games. Betances (3-5) was tagged with the loss.
"That's upsetting to me, too, because we're fighting for something and - again - it was poorly handled", Girardi said.More news: Surprise WWE debuts on Smackdown