Gomes to appeal, Cabrera too
Update, 12:53 Yankees OF Melky Cabrera said he would appeal his 3-game suspension and continued to deny he punched Rays prospect Evan Longoria in the back of the head during Wednesday's melee. "I didn't hit nobody,'' Cabrera said. "I don't see why I'm suspended.'' Yankees 1B Shelley Duncan said he had not decided yet whether to appeal his 3-game suspension.
Rays OF Jonny Gomes didn't need much time to decide to appeal his two-game suspension and $2,000 fine for his role in Wednesday's melee with the Yankees.
Gomes said Saturday morning he would appeal, in hopes of getting the suspension reduced to one game or even dropped and just have to pay the fine.
"We're going to try,'' Gomes said. "There's no risk. We threw the red flag.''
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said Friday any appeal would be based on the premise that Gomes was not trying to injure Shelley Duncan when he charged in from rightfield but was just defending teammate Akinori Iwamura after the rough slide at second.
"I don't think Jonny's intent was to hurt Duncan, and I think that's important in this,'' Friedman said. "That's something if we do go to a heaing, that's something we'll talk about.''
Duncan and Melky Cabrera also can appeal their three-game suspensions.