Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Fiers exchange words after HBP

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With runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the third inning of a 1-1 game, Tigers starter Mike Fiers hit Yankees DH Giancarlo Stanton on the left elbow guard with a 90 MPH fastball. Stanton wasn’t too happy about it, staring at Fiers as he walked to first base. The two exchanged words as catcher James McCann attempted to keep the two separated. Players began to trickle out of the dugouts, but it wasn’t a full-on benches-clearing incident and order was quickly restored. Fiers got out of the inning without any further damage.

Here’s a link to video showing the pitch and the ensuing disagreement.

Yankees starter Domingo German hit Nick Castellanos with a 1-1 change-up in the bottom of the first inning, which obviously wasn’t intentional. Perhaps Stanton felt like Fiers was exacting revenge two innings later, but it’s not like Fiers wants to do the Yankees a favor by loading the bases for Gleyber Torres in a 1-1 game.

Fiers was the one who hit Stanton with a fastball in 2014, causing multiple facial fractures and dental damage. Fiers, though, appeared apologetic:

Stanton may still resent Fiers for that injury. Whatever the case, Stanton got his revenge, blasting a solo home run off of Fiers in the top of the sixth to cut the Tigers’ lead to 3-2 in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.