Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied the formal protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays regarding their Aug. 23rd game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Rays lost the game, 5-4 in 10 innings. Davidson allowed Toronto manager John Gibbons to challenge a call at first base on an attempted picked off of Wil Myers. Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle was standing on the rubber and Yunel Escobar was standing in the batter’s box before Gibbons left the dugout to challenge the safe call.

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In one play, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones bested the Tampa Bay Rays twice. And it was quite pretty. In the sixth inning Monday night, Rays star Evan Longoria hit a deep fly ball to center. Jones sized up it, jumped at the wall, reached over and caught the ball. No homer for you, Mr. Longoria. But that was only the first part of Jones’ great play. He was alert enough afterward to spot Matt Joyce trying to tag up from first base. Sometimes the trade off for making a great catch in the outfielder is runners advancing on the bases. Not Joyce. Jones fired the ball in and nailed him at second base. We see a lot of double plays, but not many that require as much effort as Jones displayed here.

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BALTIMORE — Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, and Baltimore banged out five homers in all to end a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Tsuyoshi Wada was disappointed he didn’t pitch better when he was in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

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TORONTO (AP) — Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday.

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TORONTO (AP) — – Jose Reyes and the Blue Jays washed away the bad taste of Friday’s shutout loss with a walk-off victory in extra innings. Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and Toronto beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday in a game the Rays played under protest. Blue Jays players streamed out of the dugout in celebration after Colby Rasmus scored from second base on Reyes’ single. Toronto took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, but closer Casey Janssen couldn’t hold on.

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Earlier this week, the San Francisco Giants filed the first successful protest in MLB since 1986 after the Chicago Cubs grounds crew was unable to cover the field in a timely manner, leading to the game being called off after 4 1/2 innings. Now, the Tampa Bay Rays are hoping to follow suit, arguing that the umpiring crew in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays  incorrectly allowed John Gibbons to challenge a play beyond the time frame specified in the new expanded replay rules. The call in question was not only reviewed, but ultimately overturned, and immediately afterwards Maddon made it known that he was protesting the game.  It’s probably a long shot, but it appears Joe Maddon and company have a legitimate gripe. Here’s how it played out.  During the fourth inning, Blue Jays hurler Mark Buehrle appeared to successfully pickoff baserunner Wil Myers at first base, but Myers was initially ruled safe by first base umpire Bill Welke. After giving the play a look, Gibbons eventually decided to challenge the call. However, by the time he left the dugout and communicated his intentions to home plate umpire John Tumpane, Buehrle was already back on the mound and the batter was in the box, which according to the rule means play should have continued without a challenge. Here’s the rule in question. Except as otherwise set forth in Sections II.D.2-4 below, to be timely, a Manager must exercise his challenge (by verbal communication to the appropriate Umpire), or the Crew Chief must initiate Replay Review (if applicable pursuant to Section II.C above) before the commencement of the next play or pitch. For purposes of these Regulations, the next “play” shall commence when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box (unless the defensive team initiates an appeal play in which case any call made during the play prior to the appeal still may be subject to Replay Review). There are different rules that apply to the end of an inning and the end of a game itself, but this covers the situation on Saturday. Per the rule, Gibbons challenge should not have been accepted by crew chief Bob Davidson, and the original safe call should have stood, even though it was determined to be wrong.  That means the inning should have continued with Myers on first base with one out and Yunel Escobar at the plate. Escobar ended up making an out to end the inning, but in a game that was ultimately decided by one run, every baserunner carried a little more significance, which could add to Maddon’s argument. 

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The Tampa Bay Rays traded a star left-hander when they sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Drew Smyly, acquired in a July 31 trade, was brilliant on Friday, pitching a two-hitter for his first career complete game as the Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 in the opener of a three-game series. “He had everything going on,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Third baseman Evan Longoria drove in three runs with a home run and a double and was a triple shy of the cycle.

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TORONTO (AP) — Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night.

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(Adds late games) Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Rays 1, Tigers 0 Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price gave up only one hit in eight innings but still lost to the former Tampa Bay Rays in his return to his former home. Price, the former Cy Young winner who spent his first seven seasons with Tampa Bay, faced the Rays for the first time since he was traded to Detroit July 31 in a three-team deal with Seattle. He received a standing ovation before the game, but was outdueled by Tampa Bay’s next ace Alex Cobb.

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