Jays show signs of life
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