The main event of a three-fight card occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine got into an intense shoving match that ignited a benches-clearing brawl.
"It felt like he wanted a confrontation there," Austin Romine told reporters afterward, of Cabrera, mired in his worst season in the major leagues -- and fresh off two bad at-bats, a flyout and a strikeout, in which he stranded five runners.
While boos rained down from the crowd of 32,622 -- fans who got a whole lot more bang for their buck than Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor viewers are likely to get on Saturday night -- nothing materialized there as Hicks walked slowly to first.
After the Tigers retook the lead, 9-6, with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Alex Wilson plunked Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier on the leg in the top of the eighth.
Those punishments will mean a whole lot more to the Yankees, fighting for the American League East, than the Tigers, blown out the first two games by a combined score of 23-6 and who have been a lost cause for quite some time.
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