Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rays, Yanks have spring brawl

The Rays and Yankees had a bench-clearing brawl today after New York's Shelley Duncan slid into Tampa Bay second baseman Akinori Iwamura. It's a spillover from last weekend when former Biscuit Elliot Johnson ran over a Yankees minor-league catcher Francisco Cervelli and broke Cervelli's wrist (VIDEO HERE).

(AP photos by Gene J. Puskar)

Below left, umpire Charlie Reliford ejects Duncan for his slide. Below right, Rays outfielder Jonny Gomes shoves Duncan.

Yankees pitcher Heath Phillips was ejected in the first inning after he hit Evan Longoria with a pitch, though neither said it was intentional.

St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune: Maddon calls slide 'borderline criminal'

New York Daily News: Rivalry ramps up

New York Post: Duncan's slide possible payback

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