Fulmer hit Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez with a pitch in the fifth inning.
Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle was the first player tossed after throwing behind Cabrera. Kahnle was ejected. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was tossed when he came out of the dugout to argue with home plate umpire Carlos Torres after the ejection. Before Aroldis Chapman could get out to the mound to throw the next pitch, however, Cabrera and Yanks catcher Austin Romine got into it in a big way. In the seventh inning, after James McCann was drilled in the helmet by Yankees reliever Dellin Betances and benches emptied for the second time, YES Network cameras caught an interesting exchange in the Tigers dugout between Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez.
Girardi also said he was mad at Ausmus, saying the Detroit manager yelled an obscenity at Brett Gardner?in the eighth inning, when the benches cleared for the third and final time.
After the game, Girardi laid the blame for the chaos squarely at the feet of the umpires, who he said sowed the seeds of the conflict by attempting - and failing - to eject some antagonists while leaving others in the game.
Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 2016 but he's mired in a full-fledged sophomore slump entering the finale of a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon.
The brawl-filled Yankees-Tigers game Thursday at Comerica Park had its roots in a game almost a month ago.
A 96 miles per hour screamer zipped by Cabrera's back in the sixth inning with Detroit leading 6-3, something the 34-year-old All-Star did not take to kindly too. He ended up tossing the Tigers All-Star to the ground, as both benches and bullpens cleared.
When play restarted, both Cabrera and Romine had been ejected. The next batter, Jose Iglesias, subsequently hit a three-run double off of Robertson, proving too much for the Yankees to overcome in their 10-6 loss.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez threw a punch at Nick Castellanos during the skirmish.
Austin Romine's brother, Andrew, is on the Tigers!