Miguel Cabrera threw haymakers and started an ugly, benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees

The Detroit Tigers were hosting the New York Yankees in what was by all accounts a fairly normal baseball game on Thursday.

Then, in the sixth inning, Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate.

Earlier in the game Gary Sanchez was hit with a ball from Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer. In retaliation, Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle threw a ball behind Cabrera and was promptly ejected from the game, along with manager Joe Girardi after he came out to argue the call.

As Cabrera resettled at the plate, words were exchanged between he and Yankees catcher Austin Romine. Romine ripped his mask off as the two jawed back and forth, and Cabrera pushed him and threw a couple jabs. Romine then attmepted to get Cabrera down to the ground as the benches and bullpens cleared to form one of the largest baseball fights in recent memory.

You can watch footage of the brawl below, courtesy of MLB.

Both Cabrera and Romine were ejected from the game. In the top of the seventh, the Yankees would tie the game at 6-6. In the bottom half of the inning, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the head with a fastball. Betances and Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson would be ejected, and the Tigers would retake the lead 9-6.

This is the final game between the Yankees and Tigers in the 2017 season.

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29. Roger Clemens -- $150.6 million

Seasons: 24

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 11

Cy Young Awards: 7

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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28. Ken Griffey Jr. -- $151.7 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $12.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 13

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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27. Adrian Gonzalez -- $152.6 million

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $22.4 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No

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26. Greg Maddux -- $153.8 million

Seasons: 23

Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 8

Cy Young Awards: 4

Played for the Yankees? No

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25. Barry Zito -- $158.6 million

Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $20.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 3

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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24. Todd Helton -- $161.5 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $20.3 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No

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23. Matt Holliday -- $163.5 million

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $17.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 7

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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22. Alfonso Soriano -- $166 million

Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $19.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 7

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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21. Felix Hernandez -- $166.6 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $26.9 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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20. Johan Santana -- $166.7 million

Seasons: 12

Highest single-season salary: $25.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

Cy Young Awards: 2

Played for the Yankees? No

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19. Gary Sheffield -- $168 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $14.9 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 9

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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18. Ichiro Suzuki -- $168.2 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 10

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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17. Chipper Jones -- $168.6 million

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $16.1 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 8

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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16. Mariano Rivera -- $169.4 million

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $15.0 million

World Series Titles: 5

All-Star Games: 13

Cy Young Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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15. Torii Hunter -- $172.3 million

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $18.5 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 5

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No

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14. Justin Verlander -- $172.9 million

Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $28.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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13. Randy Johnson -- $175.1 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $16.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 10

Cy Young Awards: 5

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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12. Zack Greinke -- $187.2 million

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $29.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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11. Barry Bonds -- $188.2 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $22.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 7

Played for the Yankees? No

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10. Joe Mauer -- $200.3 million

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 6

MVP Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? No

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9. Adrian Beltre -- $202.1 million

Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $18.0 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 4

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No

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8. Mark Teixeira -- $217.7 million

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.1 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 3

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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7. Miguel Cabrera -- $219.9 million

Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $28.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 11

MVP Awards: 2

Played for the Yankees? No

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6. Manny Ramirez -- $223.4 million

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $23.9 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 12

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? No

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5. Albert Pujols -- $240.5 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $26.0 million

World Series Titles: 2

All-Star Games: 10

MVP Awards: 3

Played for the Yankees? No

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4. Carlos Beltran -- $245.7 million

Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $19.4 million

World Series Titles: 0

All-Star Games: 9

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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3. CC Sabathia -- $248.3 million

Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 6

Cy Young Awards: 1

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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2. Derek Jeter -- $266.2 million

Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $22.6 million

World Series Titles: 5

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 0

Played for the Yankees? Yes

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1. Alex Rodriguez -- $437.2 million

Seasons: 22

Highest single-season salary: $33.0 million

World Series Titles: 1

All-Star Games: 14

MVP Awards: 3

Played for the Yankees? Yep

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