Tigers 10, Yankees 6: Punches and Ejections Mar a Yankees Loss in Detroit

“I mean, pay attention,” said Girardi, who also criticized Torres’s command of the strike zone and complained that Ausmus had directed an expletive at Brett Gardner. “Somebody’s got to pay attention to what’s going on in this game.”

The consequences of the loss clearly fueled Girardi’s frustration.

When the Tigers’ Jose Iglesias broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run double in the seventh inning — a rally that began after Betances hit McCann to put the leadoff hitter on base — and McCann added a solo homer in the eighth, it ensured that the Yankees would return home four and a half games behind Boston, which lost, 13-6, in Cleveland on Thursday night, in the American League East.

There could be further ramifications. Even though he was not ejected, the red-hot Sanchez could be facing a suspension after he charged into the melee and threw at least two punches at Cabrera, who was on the ground. Sanchez was eventually pulled out of the pile by Clint Frazier.

“I was in the dugout; I looked up, and I saw Romine rolling on the ground with the other guys,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “In that moment, instinct takes over because you want to protect…

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