Cabrera then shoved him in the chest and took a swing at the catcher with his left hand before being tackled by Romine.
Major League Baseball has handed down the discipline from yesterday's Tigers-Yankees brawl.
Cabrera got seven games, the most of any player, while catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine were the only two Yankees suspended - getting four and two games apiece. All four players said they were appealing and remain eligible until the process is complete.
Another seven individuals were fined for their actions in the melee. The hit-by-pitch was fishy because Sanchez had already hit four home runs in the series, including one earlier in the game Thursday. Detroit, however, have a losing record of 55 71, keeping them out of the playoff race for now.
Cabrera was suspended for starting the first brawl. And the pitcher who threw at me, he's going to get away (with it) too, with no suspension?
Sanchez has received heavy criticism for what many have called sucker punches when he hit both Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos at a time both had been defenseless.
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"If you can't see that Fulmer clearly hit Sanchez on objective, there's something wrong", Girardi said. "I have a really good relationship with Romine".
"At that moment, instinct takes over", Sanchez told ESPN. "Definitely the situation got out of control a little bit there, but at the end of it all, what you're trying to do is you're trying to go out there and protect your team".
Delin Betances hit Tigers catcher James McCann in the head with a 98 miles per hour fastball in the seventh inning, which led to the benches clearing and some verbal attacks but no physical confrontations.
Not suspended, but hit with undisclosed fines were Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, Yankees righthander Tommy Kahnle and Tigers shortstop José Iglesias.
The quick hook there came in the wake of Gary Sanchez being hit in the hip by a Michael Fulmer pitch in the top of the fifth, an inning after he had homered off Fulmer. Kahnle and Yankees manager Joe Girardi were ejected, and after Aroldis Chapman had completed his warmup, Cabrera and Romine had words and the first of three bench-clearing incidents commenced.
Kahnle was ejected for throwing behind Cabrera after Sanchez was plunked by Fulmer.