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MLB denies Rays’ protest from loss to Toronto

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2014 at 01:52 PM

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BALTIMORE — Major League Baseball has denied the Tampa Bay Rays’ protest of Saturday’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Rays manager Joe Maddon protested umpire crew chief Bob Davidson’s decision to allow Toronto manager John Gibbons to challenge a call on a pickoff play at first base in the top of the fourth inning.

Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle was on the rubber and Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was in the batter’s box when Gibbons left the dugout to ask for the review.

According to MLB’s rules for replay challenges, the pitcher on the rubber and the batter in the box signals the next play has started and the chance to challenge the previous play is over.

There is a clause in the rule that allows for an umpire’s discretion when deciding if the challenge came in a timely fashion. Davidson said Gibbons gave a thumbs up that he wanted to use his challenge as Escobar was settling into the box.

Here is the news release from MLB:

“Major League Baseball announced today that executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre has denied the formal protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays regarding their Saturday, August 23rd game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.”

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