DETROIT – Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann was drilled in the head by a 98 mph fastball Thursday after the benches cleared in the Yankees-Tigers game at Comerica Park.
Dellin Betances threw the pitch that hit McCann an inning after Miguel Cabrera incited a brawl by throwing punches at Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine, brother of Tigers utility man Andrew Romine.
This is getting out of hand. Dellin Betances hits James McCann in the head 😳pic.twitter.com/Pp6yBw19OA
— Baseball King™ (@BasebaIlKing) August 24, 2017
Cabrera had confronted Austin Romine after a pitch was thrown at Cabrera earlier in the at-bat. Yankees star Gary Sanchez had been hit by a pitch earlier in the game.
Sanchez has four home runs in the series, including one earlier in Thursday's game.
Cabrera was 0-3 with a strikeout in the game. He is having the worst season of his career, slugging just .405 with a below-average .743 OPS.
The Tigers were leading the game 6-3 in the sixth inning, but the Yankees have embarrassed the Tigers in front of their home crowd the last two nights. On Tuesday night, the Yankees won 13-4. On Wednesday, the Yankees won 10-2.
The Yankees currently hold the top wildcard spot in the American League, while the Tigers are the second-worst team in the AL with a 54-71 record.
More Big time trouble.. Betances nails MCCann in the head..getting ugly pic.twitter.com/22v3uppuah
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) August 24, 2017