After being outscored 23-6 in the first two games of the series in Detroit, the Tigers rebounded to take down the Yankees in the finale Thursday afternoon, 10-6.
Fireworks erupted in the sixth inning as Yankees’ (68-58) reliever Tommy Kahnle fired a pitch behind Miguel Cabrera, leading to his and Joe Girardi’s ejection. Cabrera took exception to the close call and had some words with catcher Austin Romine, brother of Andrew, before throwing punches.
Cabrera and Romine would be ejected after the bench-clearing altercation. Miguel could possibly be facing a suspension for throwing punches.
An inning later, Dellin Betances hit James McCann in the helmet and was ejected, along with bench coach Rob Thomson who replaced Girardi when he was thrown out. Alex Wilson was ejected in the eighth for hitting Todd Frazier and Brad Ausmus was also tossed.
There were three bench-clearing altercations and eight ejections total.
Michael Fulmer was tasked with stopping the bleeding after the Tigers’ (55-71) staff couldn’t seem to slow down the Yankees in the first two matchups. Both Matthew Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann surrendered seven runs in their starts against New York.
The Tigers’ ace went six innings innings, plus two batters. He allowed five hits and four earned runs while striking out three and walking three. He wouldn’t get a decision, however.
On the other side, Jaime Garcia (four-plus innings) couldn’t make it through the fifth. He allowed five hits and walked three, allowing four runs and only two earned. He struggled with his command, though.
Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a home run, Jose Iglesias had a huge three-run double in the seventh and then McCann got revenge with a solo homer in the eighth to put the game away for good.
Gary Sanchez, who was also hit earlier in the game, hit his fourth homer in the series while Brett Gardner, on his birthday, went 4-for-5.
It was a wild one at Comerica on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers will open a three-game series in Chicago on Friday evening. Justin Verlander (9-8, 3.96 ERA) will get the ball for Detroit, facing off against Miguel Gonzalez (7-10, 4.44).
Top 9th: Tigers 10, Yankees 6
Shane Greene remained in the game to start the ninth.
Brett Gardner led off with a single, his fourth hit of the game. A bullet off the bat of Aaron Hicks to first base was fielded cleanly to John Hicks who fired to Jose Iglesias at second and finished off the 3-6-1 double play at first with a strike to Greene. Gary Sanchez struck out swinging to end the game.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 10, Yankees 6
Caleb Smith entered the game in relief for the Yankees.
Nick Castellanos grounded out to second to start the home half. James McCann exacted revenge for a hit by pitch in the helmet earlier with a solo homer. John Hicks struck out and then JaCoby Jones was thrown out at second after trying to stretch a bloop single into left into a double.
Top 8th: Tigers 9, Yankees 6
Alex Wilson remained on the mound.
Chase Headley popped into short center and Jose Iglesias made one of his patented running over-the-shoulder catches for the first out. Wilson was then ejected for hitting Todd Frazier in the thigh. Brad Ausmus was also ejected.
Shane Greene entered the game in relief, getting the first batter, Ronald Torreyes, to fly out to right. Jacoby Ellsbury struck out looking to end the top of the eighth.
Top 8th: Another bench-clearing altercation
After getting the first out, Alex Wilson drilled Todd Frazier on the thigh and was immediately ejected. Brad Ausmus was also ejected.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 9, Yankees 6
Dellin Betances entered the game for the Yankees in the seventh. He hit James McCann in the helmet to start the inning, leading to his ejection, along with bench coach Rob Thomson.
David Robertson entered the game with a man on first and no outs. He hit the first batter he faced, John Hicks, on the hand. JaCoby Jones walked on four pitches to load the bases with no outs.
Jose Iglesias then hit a three-run double to deep left center. Ian Kinsler then struck out swinging. Mikie Mahtook also struck out swinging.
Justin Upton was issued an intentional walk before Dixon Machado grounded out to third.
Bottom 7th: McCann beaned in helmet
After a brawl in the sixth inning, Dellin Betances entered the game in relief for the Yankees and hit the first batter he saw, James McCann, in the helmet. He was tossed from the game for doing so, despite pleading that it was an accident. Bench coach Rob Thomson, who was filling in for Joe Girardi, was also ejected.
Top 7th: Tigers 6, Yankees 6
After a lengthy at-bat with Michael Fulmer, Ronald Torreyes earned a walk. Jacoby Ellsbury then entered the game as a replacement for ejected Austin Romine. He then walked, ending Fulmer's day.
Daniel Stumpf would replace Fulmer. His first pitch to Brett Gardner was a wild one as it bounced to the backstop, allowing both runners to move up. He then singled to center, driving in a run and moving Ellsbury to third.
Aaron Hicks then nearly hit one out of the park, but Justin Upton made a leaping catch at the fence to save a three-run shot. The run would score from third and Gardner moved to second. Stumpf would be replaced by Alex Wilson with a runner in scoring position.
Gary Sanchez would single up the middle to score the tying run. Aaron Judge grounded to third and Sanchez was forced at second. Didi Gregorius flew out to center.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 6, Yankees 3
Tommy Kahnle remained on the mound for the Yankees.
Mikie Mahtook struck out swinging on a pitch high and out of the zone. Justin Upton also struck out swinging. After Kahnle threw behind Miguel Cabrera, he was immediately tossed and Joe Girardi came out to argue and was thrown out as well.
Aroldis Chapman would enter the game for the Yankees in unexpected relief. A brawl broke out before the first pitch was even thrown between Cabrera and Austin Romine and the benches cleared. Both would be ejected.
Dixon Machado would replace Cabrera and he singled up the middle after the long delay. Nick Castellanos then grounded out to first.
Bottom 6th: Brawl breaks out
After nearly hitting Miguel Cabrera will a fastball, Tommy Kahnle was ejected. Yankees' manager Joe Girardi would also be ejected for arguing. Before Cabrera could even hit, a brawl broke out between him and catcher Austin Romine. Benches would clear and both would be ejected.
Top 6th: Tigers 6, Yankees 3
After sitting for a while, Michael Fulmer took the mound in the sixth.
Didi Gregorius flew out to left, Chase Headley was called out on strikes and Todd Frazier grounded out to third.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 6, Yankees 3
Mikie Mahtook grounded to short, but Didi Gregorius completely missed the ball for an error. Justin Upton pulled a double down the left field line, putting runners at second and third with no outs.
Jaime Garcia was then replaced by Adam Warren on the mound.
Miguel Cabrera then struck out swinging. Nick Castellanos got the job done, though, hitting a sacrifice fly to right center, scoring Mahtook and moving Upton to third. James McCann walked with two outs. John Hicks also walked to load the bases.
JaCoby Jones singled right over the second baseman's glove to drive in a couple runs. Jose Iglesias hit a ground-rule double to left center, plating Hicks, but holding Jones at third. That ended Adam Warren's day who was replaced by Tommy Kahnle.
Ian Kinsler struck out to end the lengthy inning.
Top 5th: Yankees 3, Tigers 2
Ronald Torreyes grounded up the middle to Ian Kinsler who ranged over, but he couldn't make a clean play on the ball. It was ruled an error. A tailor-made double play off the bat of Austin Romine was hit to Jose Iglesias, but he bobbled the ball and could only make a play at first.
For the second time in the game Brett Gardner reached on an infield single which moved Torreyes to third. Aaron Hicks then hit a sacrifice fly to right center, scoring Torreyes. Gary Sanchez was then drilled on the thigh by a Michael Fulmer fastball.
The medical staff came out to check on Fulmer, who was shaking his arm, but he remained in the game.
Aaron Judge struck out on a checked swing that went too far.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 2, Yankees 2
Nick Castellanos led off the home half of the fourth with a hustle double to left center. James McCann then hit the ball hard for the second time of the game, this time to left, but it was caught at the wall. Castellanos tagged up and reached third.
John Hicks singled against a drawn-in infield through the left side to score Castellanos. JaCoby Jones grounded into a fielder's choice as Hicks was forced at second. Jones then stole second. Jose Iglesias then worked a two-out walk.
Ian Kinsler ended the inning with a groundout to second.
Top 4th: Yankees 2, Tigers 1
Gary Sanchez stepped up to the plate and smacked his fourth home run of the series to left center. Aaron Judge then grounded out to short.
Didi Gregorius lined a hit off the glove of John Hicks and he got to second on the error. Chase Headley then grounded to first for the second out. Todd Frazier popped out to second to end the minor threat.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 1, Yankees 1
The Tigers were looking to muster some offense in the third.
However, JaCoby Jones struck out swinging to start things off. Jose Iglesias then reached base on a single to center. Ian Kinsler popped out in foul territory. Iglesias stole second without a throw and Mikie Mahtook walked. Justin Upton also walked to load the bases.
Miguel Cabrera would leave the bases loaded after a lazy fly ball to right.
Top 3rd: Tigers 1, Yankees 1
Austin Romine, Andrew's brother, led off the third inning by popping out to first base. Brett Gardner then chopped a soft grounder to third and nearly beat out his second infield single of the game, but Nick Castellanos got him in time at first. Aaron Hicks struck out looking on a Michael Fulmer pitch with late movement.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 1, Yankees 1
Nick Castellanos grounded out softly to third to start the home half of the second. James McCann then put a charge into one, nearly reaching the center field wall, but Aaron Hicks ran it down and made a nice leaping catch. John Hicks then struck out swinging.
Top 2nd: Tigers 1, Yankees 1
For the second straight inning, Michael Fulmer surrendered a leadoff single. Aaron Judge lofted a single to center. A wild pitch by Fulmer then moved him over to second with no outs and Didi Gregorius moved him to third on a groundout to Ian Kinsler.
Chase Headley swung on the first pitch he saw, knocking an RBI single into left. Todd Frazier then walked after working a full-count. Ronald Torreyes lined out softly to second and Kinsler threw Headley out at second for a double play as he thought it might drop into short right field.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 1, Yankees 0
Jaime Garcia got the start for the Yankees.
Ian Kinsler led off by flying out to center field. Mikie Mahtook lined out to first before Justin Upton crushed a two-out solo home run to left. Miguel Cabrera got a good swing on a Garcia pitch, but flew out to deep right field.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Michael Fulmer entered the game in his third start since coming back from a DL stint.
Brett Gardner hit a grounder off Fulmer which deflected to Ian Kinsler, but he beat out the throw to first. Aaron Hicks then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Gary Sanchez popped out to shallow center which was run down by Kinsler.
The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees conclude their three-game series on Thursday at Comerica Park. For the Tigers, it can't come soon enough.
Outscored 23-6 in the first two games of the series, the Tigers will turn to right-hander Michael Fulmer to try and salvage the finale. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
Fulmer faces a Yankees offense that has hammered Tigers starters for 14 runs (all earned) on 16 hits in just 7.1 innings. Fulmer's also trying to halt a personal five-game losing streak, though he's pitched slightly better than that record indicates, including seven inning last Saturday against the Dodgers in which he didn't allow an earned run.
The Tigers, meanwhile, will face lefty Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52 ERA), who's pitching for his third team this season.
Both teams are giving their sluggers a bit of a break Thursday, with Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera filling the designated-hitter roles. John Hicks is playing first base for the Tigers, hitting seventh.
YANKEES AT TIGERS
First pitch: 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 54-71, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 15 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees are 68-57, second place in the AL East, 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox, and 3.5 games in front for a wild-card spot.
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Aaron Hicks, CF
3. Gary Sanchez, DH
4. Aaron Judge, RF
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Chase Headley, 1B
7. Todd Frazier, 3B
8. Ronald Torreyes, 2B
9. Austin Romine, C
SP: Jaime Garcia, LHP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Mikie Mahtook, RF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, DH
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. John Hicks, 1B
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Michael Fulmer, RHP