Twins manager Rocco Baldelli also has been suspended one game. Duffey and Baldelli also have been fined undisclosed amounts.
Major League Baseball announced the suspension Thursday, two days after Duffey threw the pitch in apparent retaliation for Mercedes’ controversial home run off a 3-0 pitch in a blowout victory.
Duffey has elected to appeal the suspension, but Baldelli will serve his one-game ban for the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa criticized his own player for the swing, calling it a “big mistake” and saying Mercedes was “just clueless” for not being aware of baseball’s unwritten rules. Baldelli also expressed his disappointment before Tuesday’s game — and Duffey took matters into his own hands in the seventh inning when he threw a pitch behind Mercedes.
Minnesota rallied for a 5-4 victory Tuesday, and La Russa said after the game that he “didn’t have a problem with how the Twins handled that.”
Mercedes, a 28-year-old rookie, entered Thursday with a majors-leading .358 average and has six homers and 25 RBIs this season.