Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays, Red Sox differ on replay review outcome

BOSTON — The Rays were quite pleased, naturally, with the process and the outcome during the instant replay review of a critical seventh-inning play at the plate in Thursday's matinee.

The Red Sox, not so much.

The replay crew decided the call on the field — that Dustin Pedroia was out after throws by OF Matt Joyce and SS Yunel Escobar and a tag by C Jose Molina — stood, meaning there was "no clear and convincing evidence to confirm or overturn" it.

"There's no doubt (Pedroia was safe). There's no doubt," Sox starter RHP Jake Peavy said. "It's extremely frustrating. We as a whole, MLB, we've got to get our act together because this is a joke. It's embarrassing for fans and everybody to see. Of course he touched the plate. He slid dirt over the top of the plate and got tagged after the fact. That stinks."

Pedroia took more issue with the process. "I just don't like the 'while inconclusive' deal," he said. "Replay, you should go check it out, and you're either out or safe. I don't know what inconclusive means. Maybe that means someone doesn't want to make a decision. We all make decisions every day. Some of them are hard, and some of them are not. You've got to make them, though."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he accepts that most calls being reviewed won't be overturned unless they were obviously wrong. So when video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez relayed word that Pedroia never touched the plate, Maddon said he, "felt pretty pumped."

"Whatever the call is on the field is pretty much going to stand up unless there's something overwhelmingly in the other direction," he said. "And I didn't see anything overwhelmingly in the other direction."

MORE ON RAINGATE: The provision in baseball's collective bargaining agreement that gives the Red Sox and Cubs an exception to basically reschedule rainouts as split doubleheaders whenever they want was added in mid 1990s because of their smaller stadium capacities compared with other teams'.

It reads in part that "when there is no practical alternative to doing so, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs shall have the right to reschedule a postponed game as a split doubleheader to be played in, respectively, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, even if the criteria (for other teams to do so) are not met. Scheduling a postponed game as part of a conventional doubleheader will not be considered a practical alternative."

IN RELATED NEWS: The Rays and Orioles rescheduled their April 15 rainout in a much simpler manner, with a split doubleheader scheduled for June 27.

bOXED IN: RHP Brad Boxberger was called up as the 26th man for Thursday's nightcap, worked two key innings, then was returned to Triple-A Durham.

n.y. state of mind: The Rays feel better about going into Yankee Stadium tonight after going 7-3 there last season, throwing three shutouts and posting a sub-3.00 ERA. A key is keeping the Yankees from taking advantage of what plays as a short rightfield. "Just part of the gig," Maddon said. "Both teams are entitled to hit balls in the seats there. They built their team around that. It depends on our pitchers, how well we pitch."

good deed: CF Desmond Jennings, 1B James Loney and INF/OF Sean Rodriguez will visit children today from the N.Y. Center for Autism Charter School at the Harlem RBI Baseball field as part of the MLB Players Trust City Clinics Program.

miscellany: The Rays improved to 6-0 in one-run games. … INF/OF Sean Rodriguez has a career-high three extra-base hits. … RHP Grant Balfour is the first Ray to save both ends of a doubleheader and the second with two saves in a day. RHP Rafael Soriano saved a suspended game and a regular game in 2010 in Boston. … LHP David Price starts tonight with a 22-3 record and 3.16 ERA in AL East road games. … Triple-A OF Mikie Mahtook may miss only a few more days after sustaining a fractured cheekbone when hit in the face by a pitch Monday. … OF Kevin Kiermaier returned to the Durham lineup Thursday after missing four games with a tight quad.

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