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The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took a 4-3 lead.

Or so it seemed.

Replays clearly showed that Jose Bautista reached out with his left arm and grabbed the leg of Forsythe as he was throwing the ball.

In years past, umpires might have let this go. But Major League Baseball instituted new rules this year that require runners to not deviate from their path at second base. It sure seemed like Bautista deviated just for the sake of taking out Forsythe.

The umpires went to the replay and ruled that, under the new rules, Bautista had interfered. This changed the play to a double-play and the game was over.

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  1. Joe says:

    I'll definitely take the win. Without the interference it definitely would've been a close play at first and at worst a tie game. I'm sure somewhere down the road we'll be on the other end of the new rule and not like it, but for now it has its benefits. Is there a site that keeps up to date records of challenge results? I could only find 2014/15. Cash is off to a much better start than last year with getting calls overturned, maybe his luck has turned.

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  2. monte says:

    I like the new rule, it might prevent unnecessary injuries.

    Errrrrr, do we have any players who could play right field who could get the bat on the ball more than once per game played? As frequently as Souza Jr. strikes out, he ought to hit 40+ homeruns a year. He's just plain bad.

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    • Ken says:

      Mikie Mahtook should be in RF and Souza Jr. take his roster spot in Durham. He's shown no improvement at the plate or in the field. For that matter Loney should be at first and LoMo should be Long Gone. He looks terrible there.

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  3. angry buddha says:

    Holy Moses does LoMo look bad. But Pearce's "stretch" on that game ending play didn't seem to be all that great, either.

    Now I'm not going to say that Loney would have gotten it. [But I'm not not saying that... 😉 ]... but I did like having a gold-glove caliber 1st baseman to dive at line drives up the line & "fix" errant throws.

    One thing we never had to worry about was defensive issues - we made up runs when we were in the field. Now we have a questionable offense and a D that we need to think about/worry about/spend mental energy on.

    I love that we won... but I'm concerned...

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