MLB denies Rays protest
UPDATE, 6:19: Maddon had a little more to say in his pre-game briefly, primarily that he respects and accepts the ruling by MLB VP Joe Torre but doesn't agree or understand the reasoning, which including MLB saying replay issues and umpires judgement calls aren't subject to protest.
"I could sit here all day long and tell you how much I disagree with it but also tell you at the end of the day as much respect as I have for Joe Torre, so for me it's over and done with,'' Maddon said. "From my perspective I would hope the discussion continues.'
UPDATE, 4:13: Rays Maddon had this reaction: It's over. We've gone throuhg the process. They've ruled upon it. Now it's time for us to move on."
DEVELOPING: The Rays protest of Saturday's game was denied by Major League Baseball.
The Rays maintained replay was used inappropriately so the game - which the Rays lost 5-4 in 10 innings - should be replayed from the point of controversy on, which was the fourth inning.
MLB did not provide a reason for the denial, but rules indicate replay procedural issues, as well as judgement calls by umpires, are not grounds for protest, and it would appear both issues were involved in the decision.
Here is the statement released by MLB, with no further comment or explanation:
Major League Baseball announced today that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has denied the formal protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays regarding their Saturday, August 23rd game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Reaction from Rays to come later; manager Joe Maddon had been confident they would prevail.