Major League Baseball announced in a release Tuesday that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays in regards to a contested call against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 23.
On a pick-off attempt in the fourth inning of a one-run contest Rays designated hitter Wil Myers appeared to beat the throw to first from starter Mark Buehrle and was called safe.
After a lengthy review, as per request from Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, the umpires reversed the call.
Rays manager Joe Maddon combatted the decision, saying Gibbons waited too long to challenge the call. His words fell on deaf ears and the rest of the game was played under protest. The Blue Jays went on to win 5-4.
Should the league office have ruled in favour of the Rays, a replay of the game could have followed.
In this case, the result stands a week after the MLB granted a first successful protest in 28 years when the San Francisco Giants were awarded a replay of the rest of a rain-delayed tilt against the Chicago Cubs after grounds crew at Wrigley Field failed to properly roll out the tarp to cover the field during a rainstorm.