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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Yankees considering protest over Gleyber Torres timeout controversy

Gleyber Torres timeout

The New York Yankees are considering a protest over the way the ninth inning of the their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers played out on Saturday.

Gio Urshela hit into a fielder’s choice with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth with his team down 2-1. The Dodgers tried to get Brett Gardner at second on a force play, but Gardner was called safe on a review. While the Dodgers were focusing on the play at second (Max Muncy had been taken down by Gardner’s slide), lead runner Gleyber Torres tried to make a break for home. He looked like he would score the tying run but the home plate umpire and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen indicated time had been called.

The next two Yankees batters struck out to strand the bases loaded and lose the game.

After dropping the contest 2-1, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was told Gleyber did not score because time was called. He said the team was considering a protest.

Muncy said he called time on the play because he was hurt, though he acknowledged some part was an acting job because he didn’t want Torres scoring.

The teams have now split the first two games of the series. Sunday will be the rubber match of the three-game set.

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