Miguel Cabrera, Austin Romine square off to spark Tigers-Yankees brawl

On Tuesday night, as the Yankees dismantled the floundering Detroit Tigers with a 13-4 rout at Comerica Park, New York's 24-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez padded his season home run total with a pair of monster blasts, including a 493-foot moonshot that became the second-longest homer hit in the Majors this year. By then, the Yankees already led, 7-0. The following year, Tanaka was solid yet again, registering a 12-7 record and a 3.51 ERA, but forearm, wrist and hamstring issues limited him to just 154 innings. The Tigers managed eight hits and walked once with their runs coming on Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias solo jacks.

Held back from getting into DeMuth's face, Romine spewed a few more expletives his way before angrily firing his mask into the Yankees dugout as the scaled down the steps toward the clubhouse.

Cesar Hernandez, Tommy Joseph, and pinch-hitter Andres Blanco also connected for the Phillies as the teams combined for nine homers. Bird, who is recovering from a right ankle bruise, collected four straight two-hit games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

That one lone run allowed is significant too as Luis Severino (10-5, 3.10) hurled 6.2 innings of almost ideal pitching, spoiled only by a solo home run by Ian Kinsler in his final inning of work.

Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the seventh. He only struck out two as his ERA on the season climbed to 6.24.

But after the Tigers scored four times in the fifth inning, taking a 6-3 lead, reliever Kahnle seemed to take matters in his own hands. Since Sanchez has played a disproportionate number of his career games in August, his totals are slightly inflated, but even when looking at his per-game numbers, he sizzles.

Then, in the sixth inning, Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate. The hit was Gonzalez's 2,000th of his career.

The most unsafe barb in a Yankees-Tigers game that devolved into brawling chaos Thursday came out of Dellin Betances' right hand. In 2016 the Tigers were eliminated from the Wild Card race on the final day of the season. He has allowed seven earned runs in each of his past three starts. "We have to beat every team, " said Hamels (9-1), who did his part, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out three. The bullpen wasn't much better, giving up six runs in 6.2 innings.

  • Jon Douglas