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Blue Jays-Rays data card controversy ‘agua under the bridge’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money apologized to Blue Jays administration a day after Rays veteran Kevin Kiermaier scooped up a scouting information card that fell out of Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband and refused to offer it again.

Money stated he reached out to Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo, pitching coach Pete Walker and basic supervisor Ross Atkins to make the apology earlier than Tuesday evening’s 4-2 loss to Toronto.

“So now it’s agua underneath the bridge,” Montoyo stated.

Kiermaier was known as out sliding into dwelling through the sixth inning of the Rays’ 6-4 win Monday evening and noticed a strip of paper mendacity subsequent to him after the play. He casually picked it up and took it again to Tampa Bay’s dugout, the place he discreetly handed it Paul Hoover, the membership’s discipline coordinator.

“I by no means even checked out it, I’ll say that,” Kiermaier instructed Sportnet earlier than Tuesday’s sport. “However on the similar time, I’m not going to drop it or hand it again.”

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Kevin Kiermaier
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Sportsnet reported Toronto despatched a bat boy to the Rays dugout to ask for the cardboard’s return. Tampa Bay didn’t ship again the cardboard, which probably included details about the Blue Jays’ plans to pitch to the Rays’ hitters.

“I had no thought we had the cardboard,” Money stated. “I expressed that to Ross, Charlie and Pete Walker, however take full duty. I apologized to all of them, and if I wanted to talk to (Monday’s starter) Robbie Ray, I might don’t have any drawback doing that. Not splendid and I’m sorry about that.”

There have been no incidents when Kiermaier batted for the primary time Tuesday, when he hit right into a first-pitch double play or all through the sport.

When requested if it was an inappropriate motion by Kiermaier, Money stated he didn’t suppose so.

“Look, the cardboard is on the bottom, KK, I imagine what he stated,” Money stated. “He thought it may have been his outfield card. I really noticed the video simply earlier than the sport, appeared like he was contemplating giving it again and he simply stated overlook it, no matter, it’s sitting right here I’m going to select it up and take it in.”

Tampa Bay is six video games forward of Boston and seven 1/2 forward of Toronto for the AL East lead, with a magic variety of 5 to clinch a second straight division title. The Crimson Sox and Blue Jays are in place for the AL’s two wild playing cards, and the Yankees are a half-game again.

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