DETROIT (WJBK) - The Detroit Tigers season hasn't gone as hoped for most fans - or for star Miguel Cabrera. On Thursday, some of that frustration was exercised by the Tigers slugger.
Five players were ejected, along with both managers and the Yankees' bench coach.
The Tigers were up 6-3 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahlne threw behind Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. Home plate umpire Carlos Torres threw Kahlne out of the game. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi immediately ran out of the dugout to defend Kahlne and he was quickly ejected as well while kicking dirt on Torres.
Up next came Aroldis Chapman to replace Kahlne. He had just finished warm up pitches when Cabrera walked to the plate and started talking to Yankees catcher Austin Romine, the brother of Tigers' Andrew Romine.
Austin took off his mask and Cabrera then pushed Romine. Cabrera swung at Romine who immediately tackled him. The benches quickly cleared and more fights were thrown.
Cabrera & Austin Romine were ejected and suspensions/fines are sure to follow. Cameras caught Yankees star Gary Sanchez punching Cabrera, but Sanchez stayed in the game.
MLB tweeted the full video the incident below:
Later in the game, Tigers catcher James McCann was in the head by pitch by Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. The benches cleared but no punches were thrown. Betances and the Yankees bench coach were both ejected from the game.
The Tigers ended up giving up the lead only to take it back again and win 10-6.
Justin Upton and James McCann homered for Detroit, and Gary Sanchez went deep for the Yankees, but that all became secondary on a day when the umpires had their hands full trying to maintain order. Major League Baseball now figures to be busy, too, sorting out likely suspensions that could especially hurt the playoff-contending Yankees.
The winning and losing pitchers - Detroit's Alex Wilson (2-4) and New York's Dellin Betances (3-5) - were among those ejected. Betances was tossed after hitting a batter in the helmet with a pitch, tried to indicate it was a breaking ball and argued with the umps.
This was the final time the Yankees and Tigers were scheduled to play this season. Last month, the teams had a game at Yankee Stadium in which four batters were hit.
The ill will this time carried over to the Detroit dugout, where star pitcher Justin Verlander and teammates Victor Martinez and Nicholas Castellanos got into some sort of dispute.
Shane Greene got five outs for his fourth save.
An inning later, Betances hit McCann in the helmet with a pitch, causing benches to empty again. Betances and bench coach Rob Thompson were tossed then.
Wilson and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus were ejected in the eighth after Wilson hit Todd Frazier around the thigh with a pitch. The benches cleared for a third time.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report.