DETROIT – Cameras captured a heated exchange between Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and designated hitter Victor Martinez in the dugout after a benches-clearing brawl with the New York Yankees.
Verlander and Martinez were among the players on the field Thursday after Miguel Cabrera incited a Yankees-Tigers brawl by shoving and throwing punches at backup catcher Austin Romine.
The video shows a frustrated Verlander gesturing toward Martinez and walking away. Martinez tried to follow Verlander, but was held back by third baseman Nicholas Castellanos.
The three players appeared to have had a heated debate near the dugout steps before the altercation.
You can see a GIF of the exchange below.
Victor Martinez is mad at Justin Verlander. Maybe Verlander will actually get traded now? pic.twitter.com/PiL7Lo3RT8— Good Fundies is short for Good Fundamentals (@goodfundies) August 24, 2017
Cabrera had confronted 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.
Later, Tigers catcher James McCann was drilled in the head by a 98 mph fastball, which brought the players out of the dugouts again. McCann stayed in the game and later hit a 433-foot home run.
Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson hit Yankees third baseman Todd Frasier with a pitch in response to McCann being hit.
You can see another video of Verlander vs. Martinez below.
Martinez and Verlander getting into it. pic.twitter.com/N32MdMGy2p
— CockyAstrosFan🔥🔥🔥 (@astros_dude) August 24, 2017