Vancouver Sun

JAYS FOILED BY NEW MLB RULE

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This was not what Major League Baseball had in mind when it invented a new slide rule this winter to protect middle infielders. But that’s what they are left with after a Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 victory that ended on a replay review-induced double-play after the Blue Jays appeared to have taken the lead in the top of the ninth.

Trailing by a run with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Edwin Encarnacio­n hit a ground ball to third baseman Evan Longoria. He relayed to second baseman Logan Forsythe. As Jose Bautista slid into second base, he contacted Forsythe’s leg and Forsythe’s throw to first was wild, apparently allowing Ryan Goins and Josh Donaldson to score. The Rays objected and asked for a replay review based on rule “601J,” contending that the runner “impeded the fielder and did not attempt to remain on the bag.” An automatic double-play was called, ending the game.

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