Miguel Cabrera suspended seven games for touching off brawl – ESPN

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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been suspended seven games for inciting the first benches-clearing incident and fighting during Thursday’s game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Yankees All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez received a four-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson also was suspended four games for intentionally throwing a pitch at Todd Frazier while warnings were in place for both sides.

Yankees catcher Austin Romine received a two-game suspension for fighting, including throwing punches.

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All four players have said they will appeal, so they will remain eligible to play until their appeals are ruled upon. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus’ one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place is also on hold because it is tied to Wilson’s suspension.

“I figured because it started with Miggy that his would be big,” Ausmus said, referring to the length of the suspension. “I’m a little surprised at how short Gary Sanchez’s is, quite frankly, considering some of the video I saw. I think that one probably shocked me the most. I thought he would get the largest suspension.”

All five who were suspended also received undisclosed fines.

Others who were fined for their actions during the incidents were Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias. In addition, two members of the Yankees — first baseman Garrett Cooper and outfielder Clint Frazier — received fines for entering the field while being on the disabled list.

Detroit starter Michael Fulmer began the altercations by hitting Sanchez after the Yankees catcher had homered off him.

Fulmer received neither a suspension nor a fine. Girardi just slightly smiled when asked if he thought it was appropriate that Fulmer did not receive any penalty. The manager declined to answer.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine wrestled on the ground near home plate during the first of three benches-clearing altercations during Detroit’s testy 10-6 victory over New York on Thursday. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The initial incident occurred when Cabrera and Romine fought at home plate, leading both dugouts to clear during the sixth inning. The fight was part of a crazy day of hit batters and punches exchanged between the sides. Both Cabrera and Romine were ejected, but they were not alone. In separate incidents, Girardi and Kahnle were ejected in the sixth inning; Thomson and reliever Dellin Betances were ejected in the seventh; and Ausmus and Wilson were ejected in the eighth.

Sanchez has been criticized for what were perceived as sucker punches, after he hit Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos when they were defenseless.

Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who once threw down Yankees coach Don Zimmer during a fight, said that Sanchez “could be badly remembered for this for a long time.”

“He’s entitled to his opinion,” Sanchez said. “If he feels like that, that’s him.”

A series of events led to Cabrera and Romine jawing in the sixth. Cabrera made the first move by pushing Romine in the chest and taking a swing.

“I still think I was defending myself,” Romine said. “Obviously, we are going to have to appeal it.”

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