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WATCH: Yankees, Tigers react to Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl

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While Yankees manager Joe Girardi was offered an ample amount of time to voice his opinion on the benches-clearing brawl between his club and the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, his message regarding the chaos and theatrics was eloquently conveyed in one simple sentence.

“It was handled poorly,” Girardi said emotionally to reporters following the Yankees’ 10-6 loss to Detroit.

The game — which lasted over four hours due to the fights and arguments — had a laundry list of ejections: Girardi, Yankees’ bench coach Rob Thomson, catcher Austin Romine, pitchers Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle, Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus, slugger Miguel Cabrera, and pitcher Alex Wilson.  Soon, Major League Baseball will release fines and suspensions for all involved in the melee.

Although the incidents were ignited by Detroit’s Michael Fulmer pegging Gary Sanchez in the sixth inning, it was a scuffle between Romine and Cabrera that sent both teams running toward home plate.

“I wasn’t going to let someone be confrontational and throw punches at me,” Romine told reporters.

Girardi and other players’ reactions can be viewed below, courtesy of YES:

Joe Girardi

Austin Romine

Gary Sanchez

Miguel Cabrera

Michael Fulmer

Brad Ausmus

Todd Frazier

Brett Gardner

Dellin Betances

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