Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: MLB Denies Rays' Protest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: MLB Denies Rays' Protest

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MLB denies Rays' protest

Major League Baseball has denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend in Toronto.

Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling Tuesday.

Rays manager Joe Maddon disputed a play in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings.

Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. After Buehrle, a former Francis Howell North and Jefferson College star, returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to challenge the call.

Myers was called out on a replay review, and Maddon told umpire crew chief Bob Davidson that he was playing under protest.

The replay rules say challenges must come before the next play or pitch. The rules say the crew chief decides whether a manager's challenge is timely.

Last week, San Francisco became the first team since 1986 to win an MLB protest. The Giants contended a rain-shortened loss at Wrigley Field should've instead been a suspended game.

Cubs * The pipeline of prospects continues to flow. Slugger Jorge Soler will join Javier Baez on the Cubs in Cincinnati beginning tonight, a major league source said.

The Cuban outfielder was pulled from Iowa's game in Tacoma on Monday after hitting a three-run home run, his eighth of the season for the Iowa Cubs.

Overall, Soler is hitting .338 this season with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs, mostly at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa, with a brief stint rehabbing with the Rookie League club in Mesa, Ariz.

Injuries limited Soler's playing time in 2013 and in the first half of 2014, and though he was promoted to Iowa on July 23, he fell off Baseball America's top 50 prospects list at midseason.

But he came on strong after a slow start, aided by the tutelage of Iowa player/coach Manny Ramirez, earning the call-up.

Royals * Kansas City is skipping righthander Yordano Ventura's next turn in the rotation to rest his sore back, clearing the way for Liam Hendriks to make his first start for the club since arriving in a trade from Toronto.

Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday night's series opener against Minnesota that Ventura experienced some pain in his lower back after his last start Friday night in Texas. …

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