Monday, June 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays have another issue with umpires

BALTIMORE — The Rays were certain Adam Jones failed to retouch second base and should have been called out during the 10th-inning sequence that preceded Matt Wie­ters' walkoff grand slam in a 10-6 loss Thursday.

What the Rays don't know is how, or if, it would have changed the outcome.

"That question,'' manager Joe Maddon said, "can never be answered."

Maddon said he saw Jones miss retagging second as required on his way back to first after hitting a ball off the rightfield wall. Maddon told the umpires what the Rays were appealing, but second-base ump Gerry Davis disagreed.

"He said he saw it," 2B Sean Rodriguez said. "It didn't look to me he ever turned his head around the whole play, but the man said he saw it, right?"

Had Jones been called out, the Orioles would have had men on second and third and one out with Wieters up and Chris Davis on deck. Maddon said it would have been a tough decision whether to have RHP Brandon Gomes walk or pitch to Wieters, but it was a decision he would have liked to have gotten to make.

"The whole world changes at that point, too," Maddon said. "Second and third, one out would have been a different mind-set for Gomer as opposed to bases loaded and nobody out. He could have done different things."

Gomes said "it could have" changed his approach, but "I'm not going to play that game. I just didn't execute the pitches I needed to. That's really all it is."

Arrow a day: Closer Fernando Rodney has not abandoned his now-somewhat-famous ritual of shooting an imaginary arrow after getting the final out. He just hasn't had much opportunity.

Rodney didn't shoot the arrow after finishing Wednesday's 6-2 win, in what was his first action since April 10, saying it wasn't warranted since it wasn't a save situation. Though he did shoot it in some nonsave situations last year, his lack of enthusiasm is understandable given how few opportunities he has gotten so far this year. He has made only four appearances in the first 14 games, two in save situations, converting one. "I can't get mad because I know what's going on, what's happening," Rodney said. "We don't have chances. … You have to understand that."

Maddon was concerned coming in how Rodney's heavy usage in the WBC would affect him. Now, not so much: "In a perverse way, it's been accomplished that he's not been abused coming out of that, and we can just kind of use him normally for the rest of the season now because he's kind of caught a break."

WIL WATCH: Top prospect OF Wil Myers was removed for a pinch-runner during Triple-A Durham's Thursday matinee, prompting a brief Twitter frenzy of speculation he was being called up.

But Myers had fouled a ball off his right foot, and he was later seen by a doctor and diagnosed with a bruise. He is listed as day to day. He tweeted later that the foot was fine, "just a little sore," and that he hoped to be in the lineup today.

And, though Myers is hitting .300 and has reached base in all 13 games he has played, the only place he was going Thursday afternoon was home to Thomasville, N.C., to watch his younger brother, Beau, play.

FORCE REPORT: DH Luke Scott was limited to hitting on the field Thursday and will test his previously strained right calf today running the bases at the Trop. If he runs at game speed and there are no ensuing issues, he could be set for a rehab long-awaited assignment.

MISCELLANY: After hitting only five homers in their first 12 games, the Rays hit nine in three. … There will be a moment of silence before tonight's game in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. … RHP Alex Cobb flew home Thursday afternoon to rest for tonight's start; the team was due in after 3 a.m.

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