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Twins' Tyler Duffey suspended three games for throwing behind White Sox's Yermin Mercedes

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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Yermin Mercedes of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Duffey is appealing the suspension and will remain on the active roster until his appeal can be heard. Meanwhile, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was fined and suspended for one game, which he'll serve in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels.

Duffey, the Twins right-hander, was on the mound when Mercedes came to the plate in the top of the seventh inning on Tuesday, one day after hitting a home run off a position player in the ninth inning of a blowout win.

In apparent retaliation for Mercedes swinging at a 3-0 pitch, Duffey's first offering sailed behind the White Sox rookie's legs, earning him an immediate ejection.

The Twins' Tyler Duffey argues with umpire Chad Whitson after he was ejected from Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
The Twins' Tyler Duffey argues with umpire Chad Whitson after he was ejected from Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

The incidents rekindled a longstanding debate over baseball's "unwritten rules," and whether Mercedes had violated them by swinging away with his team up 15-4.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa apologized to the Twins, called Mercedes "clueless" and criticized the rookie for missing a take sign.

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"If you’re going to tell me that sportsmanship and respect for the game of baseball and respect for your opponent is not an important priority, then I can’t disagree with you more." La Russa told reporters on Wednesday.

However, several active and former players have since come to Mercedes' defense.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tyler Duffey suspended 3 games for throwing behind Yermin Mercedes