Jays show signs of life

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Though scored as a vic­tory for now, there is a pos­si­bil­ity the Blue Jays’ win may not hold up.

Rays man­ager Joe Mad­don de­clared his team was play­ing the game un­der protest af­ter Toronto won an in­stant re­play chal­lenge that over­turned a safe call in the fourth in­ning. Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons ar­gued starter Mark Buehrle had picked off Wil My­ers, who had orig­i­nally been called safe at first base.

My­ers was ruled out af­ter nearly a three-minute de­lay. Mad­don ar­gued that Buehrle was al­ready on the mound and the next bat­ter, Yunel Es­co­bar, was in the box when Gib­bons is­sued his chal­lenge.

Should the league de­ter­mine the Rays’ chances of win­ning the game were af­fected by the um­pire’s call, the game will be re-played from the fourth in­ning.

“Um­pires are try­ing to get it right,” said Gib­bons. “If it’s that close, they’ve been look­ing at some plays like that... There’s close plays on pick­offs all the time. But I thought they did the right thing. It turned out go­ing in our favour.

“They’ve been do­ing that more and more, you know. If there’s a lit­tle time dif­fer­ence, vi­o­la­tion, what­ever you want to call it, they still want to get it right.”

Crew chief Bob David­son said af­ter the game he didn’t feel Gib­bons’ chal­lenge came too late.

“If I felt it was too late, then it would have been too late, and if Gib­bons wanted to file a protest on that he prob­a­bly could have, I don’t know,” David­son said.

“I saw Gib­bons com­ing out of the dugout and Es­co­bar might have just got­ten into the box, but I thought by the time Gib­bons was start­ing to come out, I thought by that rule it was still on time...” Mad­don saw things dif­fer­ently. “It was in­ap­pro­pri­ate for Bob to do what he did and per­mit that to hap­pen,” Mad­don said of the crew chief’s de­ci­sion to hon­our Gib­bons’ chal­lenge. “I’m trust­ing that they’re go­ing to in­ter­pret the rule prop­erly and get us back to that point in the game.”

Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer for the Jays (66- 63), while left-fielder Melky Cabr­era had two hits and an RBI. Dustin McGowan (5-3) picked up the win.

— The Cana­dian Press

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