March 31 will be the last Opening Day at the current Yankee Stadium - but Shelley Duncan and Melky Cabrera won’t be there.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS rumbles up news that the two Yanks have been suspended for the first three games of the season, due to their little tete-a-tete with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Duncan had slid spikes-first into Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura, while Cabrera was accused of punching Evan Longoria during the ensuing bench-clearing brawl.
MLB also slapped Shelley & Melky each with an undisclosed fine for their “violent and reckless actions.” What do you expect? They’re from the Bronx!
Manager Joe Girardi was lucky enough to avoid any suspensions, but was fined along with fellow New York coaches Bobby Meachem and Kevin Long.
But the Rays didn’t get away scott-free. Jonny Gomes, who rushed in from right field to tackle Duncan, was given a two-game suspension & fined $2,000.
The two teams meet again on Saturday. But the Rays are trying to diffuse any escalation of hostilities by sending Gomes to play a split-squad game against the Braves that day.
Good idea. Save that aggression for April 4, when it actually counts.