New York Yankees first baseman Shelley Duncan and center fielder Melky Cabrera said Sunday they will appeal their three-game suspensions for their roles in a spring training fight against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"To give Bob Watson and Major League Baseball a chance to hear the story from my eyes is pretty important to me," Duncan said, according to MLB.com.
The feud between the two teams began last weekend after a Rays prospect plowed into Yankees catching prospect Francisco Cervelli, breaking his wrist. On Wednesday, Duncan made a spikes-high slide that led to the clearing of both benches, and the Rays' Jonny Gomes rushed in from right field to barrel into him. Gomes was suspended for two games.
The Rays contend Cabrera punched third baseman Evan Longoria during Wednesday's pileup.
"I didn't hit nobody," Cabrera said Saturday, speaking through a translator. "I don't know what it's coming from. I just come to play baseball."
The suspensions, if upheld, would keep the two Yankees out of New York's season-opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays.