Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Rays' Joe Maddon argues with familiar foe

NEW YORK — A short night's sleep left Rays manager Joe Maddon with a bit of a short temper Saturday. And as often tends to be the case, home-plate umpire Doug Eddings sparked it.

Maddon and Eddings seem to often have issues, and there were at least three Saturday. Maddon got on him from the dugout for ball/strike calls on Yankees leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning, then came out for extended conversations on two calls that went against the Rays:

Wil Myers being out of the box when hit by his batted ball with Maddon arguing it wasn't clear he was. "I thought Wil's foot was still in the air, so you can't say if he was necessarily out of the box," Maddon said.

• C Ryan Hanigan for not hanging onto a foul tip with Maddon questioning Eddings basing his call on a scuff mark on the ball. "There's so many potentialities with that mark on the baseball, so I was not really buying that one," Maddon said.

But there seems to be a bigger issue in play between them.

"I'm going to be kind," Maddon said.

When someone said to be honest, Maddon said again he would be kind.

"It's just one of those things. It just seems we show up at inappropriate moments in each other's lives," he said. "I think my arguments have been legiti­mate over the course of time. I don't think there's been a stretch on any of this stuff.

"He's kind of a good guy, too. When all the arguments are over, I would tell him what was going on. And he'd say thank you, and he'd look at me. So it was very professional. But we have had this inappropriate dance. We're just not really good dance partners."

IN A RELATED NOTE: Maddon said he might have been successful in using a replay challenge on a potential pickoff of Ellsbury, but 1B James Loney said he missed the tag.

"It's really hard from the dugout," he said. "I don't want to cry wolf all the time. You're looking for the player to react, and he thought he missed him."

RESTING UP: Maddon said last week he was looking to give SS Yunel Escobar a day off but after Wednesday's rainout, he indicated that would suffice and dropped the idea.

But Escobar, who noticeably didn't move on a ground ball base hit late in Friday's game, was out of the lineup Saturday with Ben Zobrist at short.

"He's out there all the time," Maddon said of Escobar. "I was looking to get him a day off at some point."

HIT MEN: With his fourth-inning homer, Myers has hits in his first 12 games at Yankee Stadium, the longest career-starting streak for any player in any of the Yankees' home parks. … Loney had his fourth consecutive three-hit game at this Yankee Stadium, a record for the current building. …OF Desmond Jennings homered in a career-high third straight game.

MISCELLANY: 3B Evan Longoria went hitless for only the second time in his past 15 games against the Yankees. … LHP Erik Bedard said he feels good going into today's start based on his solid five-inning outing in Boston.

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