Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Blue Jays Upset with Rangers' Timing

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Blue Jays Upset with Rangers' Timing

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TORONTO - Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays, one day after being punched in the jaw by Rangers infielder Rougned Odor during a brawl in Texas. As they await word of discipline and suspensions from Sunday's melee, the Blue Jays remain angry that Texas waited until the final regular season meeting between the teams to seek retaliation for Bautista's bat flip in last year's AL Division Series.

Bautista did not speak to reporters before Monday's game, but manager John Gibbons said he felt it was inappropriate for the Rangers to wait until the eighth inning of the season finale against Toronto to hit Bautista with a pitch.

"If something irritates you that bad and something is going to happen, the only way to do is to take care of it right away, Gibbons said. …

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