JaCoby Jones Hit In Face, Tigers Retaliate Later, Benches Clear
Baseball's unwritten "eye for an eye" rule was on display on Saturday during the Tigers-Twins game.
After a pitching change early in the game by the Twins, JaCoby Jones was set to be the first hitter against reliever Justin Haley. During the at-bat pitch number four from Haley was high and in tight, and unfortunately Jones couldn't get out of the way.
Jones went down momentarily and ran towards the Tigers dugout urging them for a trainer. Jones was bleeding almost immediately. Jones was replaced by Romine on 1st base and in center field defensively.
The Tigers would respond with tactics of their own. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning Tigers starter Matt Boyd threw a fastball behind Twins star slugger Miguel Sano.
Sano didn't like it and yelled some choice words to Boyd. The catcher McCann and the home plate umpire tried to get in front of Sano, who shoved McCann and prompted the benches to empty. Sano was ejected during the tussle, Boyd was ejected later once cooler heads had prevailed.
The Tigers were leading 3-2 at the time of the ejections. The Tigers ended up winning the game 5-4.
Update from Jason Beck of mlb.com: