(AP) — The Yankees and Tigers were engaged in a real slugfest this afternoon, and in more ways than one.
Detroit’s 10-6 win over New York included three bench-clearing altercations that included the ejections of five players, both managers and a coach.
Tempers began to flare in the sixth inning after Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (KAHN’-lee) threw a brushback pitch to Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, leading to the ejections of Kahnle and Yanks manager Joe Girardi. Play was about to resume when Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine got into an argument that escalated into a wrestling match that caused both dugouts to empty. Cabrera and Romine were tossed from the game.
The next benches-clearing incident came after New York’s Dellin Betances (beh-TAN’-sehs) drilled Detroit catcher James McCann in the helmet with a pitch in the seventh inning. Betances and Yankees coach Rob Thompson were ejected.
One inning later, Tigers reliever Alex Wilson and manager Brad Ausmus were thrown out after Wilson hit Todd Frazier around the thigh with a pitch. The benches cleared for a third time, although the Cabrera-Romine fight was as nasty as things got.
Oh, and there also was some conventional baseball hitting. Jose Iglesias smacked a tiebreaking, a three-run double in the seventh, a half-inning after the Tigers blew a 6-3 lead. Iglesias was 3-for-3 with four RBIs to help Detroit salvage the series finale.
Justin Upton and James McCann homered for the Tigers, while Yankees slugger Gary Sanchez went deep for the fourth time in the series.
The loss leaves the Yankees five games behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, who are taking on the Indians in Cleveland tonight.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Robbie Ray was a winner in his first game since being hit in the head by a line drive last month, fanning 10 and allowing a run and just two hits over five innings to lead Arizona past the Mets, 3-2. Ray suffered a concussion when hit by a 108-mph line drive against St. Louis last month. The Diamondbacks took three of four from New York, leaving them a half-game ahead of the Rockies for the first NL wild-card berth.
— Colorado kept pace by beating the Royals, 3-2 on Pat Valaika’s (vah-LAY’-kahz) two-run homer in the eighth inning. Greg Holland finished for his 36th save, one night after he served up a three-run, walk-off homer to former teammate Eric Hosmer. The Rockies ended a four-game skid and won for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.
— Alex Cobb combined with four relievers on a six-hitter in the Rays’ 2-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Cobb started for the first time in 19 days and was taken out of the game in the fifth inning after throwing 94 pitches. Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a pair of spectacular catches for the Rays, who also caught a break when Josh Donaldson’s two-run double became a foul ball through a video challenge.
— Giancarlo Stanton slammed his major league-leading 47th home run and the Marlins overcame an 8-3 deficit in a 9-8 downing of the Phillies. J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) provided the tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the eighth, two innings after knotting the score with a two-run, inside-the-park home run. A.J. Ellis and Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) also homered for Miami.
More bad news for Mets
UNDATED (AP) — The stumbling Mets will be spending some time without their best hitter after unloading four of their top regulars.
Outfield Michael Conforto dislocated his left shoulder while swinging at a pitch in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs this year.
In other major league news:
— Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno. Correa has been out since July 17 following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
— The Twins have put catcher Jason Castro on the seven-day concussion list and recalled outfielder Zack Granite. Castro took three foul balls off his face mask in Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Ginobili staying with Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili (MAN’-oo zhih-NOH’-blee) still isn’t ready to quit.
The Spurs have re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine to a one-year package.
Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season
Elliott expected to play Saturday
UNDATED (AP) — Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is likely to make his preseason debut Saturday against Oakland.
The game is expected to be his only action before the 2016 NFL rushing leader begins a suspension for a domestic violence incident.
Elliott has appealed the six-game suspension he received after the NFL concluded he used physical force against his girlfriend at the time last summer in Columbus, Ohio. The appeal is scheduled for next week.
Checking out other NFL news:
— Texans receiver Jaelen Strong has been suspended without pay for the team’s season opener for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The punishment comes after Strong was arrested for possession of marijuana in Arizona in February 2016.
— Bills running back LeSean McCoy has chimed in on Colin Kaepernick’s (KAP’-ur-nihks) inability to sign a contract with a new team. McCoy says he believes one reason teams haven’t signed the quarterback is because he represents too much of a distraction for a player who would likely be a backup. Kaepernick remains unsigned and received criticism for refusing to stand for the national anthem.
— Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said he’s considering reviving his take-a-knee protest during the national anthem. Marshall was prepared to focus solely on football this season after being was one of the first NFL players last year to follow the lead of Kaepernick. But in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Marshall indicated this week that several players are considering doing so prior to kickoff Saturday night against Green Bay.
— The Cardinals received a visit Thursday from Ariz. Sen. John McCain during the team’s final workout at University of Phoenix Stadium. McCain chatted with team officials and players just a week after he completed his first round of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer.
— Former Packers running back Ahman Green has pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. The 40-year-old Green is accused of striking his teenage daughter in the head in a dispute over household chores in June at his Green Bay area home.
Freshmen Gators cited for marijuana possession
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida freshman football players have been cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Receiver James Robinson and linebacker Ventrell Miller were cited for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana early Monday. Miller is one of seven players under indefinite suspension for misusing university funds.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
Mexico moves on
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mexico has advanced to the international championship game in the Little League World Series.
Mexico stayed alive in the tournament by beating British Columbia, 6-2. That sets up a Saturday matchup between Mexico and Tokyo.
Fairfield, Connecticut, takes on Lufkin, Texas, tonight, with the winner advancing to the U.S. title game against Greenville, N.C.