Yankees' Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine suspended: What it means

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Major League Baseball said Triple Crown victor Cabrera was suspended for "inciting the first bench-clearing incident and fighting", while Sanchez was penalized "for fighting, including throwing punches".

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, bench coach/acting manager Rob Thomson, outfielder Brett Gardner and Kahnle were all fined, as was Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine was given a two-game suspension for his involved in the fighting.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera received a seven-game ban, pitcher Alex Wilson got four games and manager Brad Ausmus one game. Cabrera then shoved him in the chest and took a swing at the catcher with his left hand before being tackled by Romine. Last month, they had a game at Yankee Stadium in which four batters were hit.

The ill will began after Detroit's Michael Fulmer hit Sanchez with a pitch in the fifth, an inning after Sanchez had homered for the fourth time in this three-game series. Both dugouts and bullpens spilled out onto the field, and order was not restored for numerous minutes.

After the umpires broke everyone up, the teams resumed the game, but it was far from over.

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Delin Betances hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the head with a 98 miles per hour fastball in the seventh inning, which led to the benches clearing and some verbal attacks but no physical confrontations.

Much later, Betances was ejected after he hit McCann in the helmet. Ausmus's appeal is tied to Wilson's.

McCann stayed in the game, and it was well worth it, as he crushed a 433-foot home run in his next at-bat. He remained in the game and no warnings were issued by the umpires. The two were talking with third baseman Nicholas Castellanos when Verlander gestured emphatically toward Martinez and walked away.

The Tigers ended up winning the game 10-6 in front of an electric home crowd. The Yankees star delivered a punch to Cabrera's head while his Yankees teammates had the Tigers star pinned to the ground. He is having the worst season of his career, slugging just.405 with a below-average.743 OPS.

"He said, 'You have a problem with me?' And I said, 'This isn't about you, '" said Romine, whose brother Andrew plays for the Tigers.

All in all, MLB is doing a better job of considering context in these incidents, which is what Joe Torre was always screaming about when he managed the Yankees and felt the league too often handed down suspensions without having a feel for individual situations.

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