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

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

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

“So now it’s agua under the bridge,” Montoyo mentioned.

Kiermaier was referred to as out sliding into residence throughout 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 area coordinator.

“I never even looked at it, I’ll say that,” Kiermaier advised Sportnet earlier than Tuesday’s sport. “But at the same time, I’m not going to drop it or hand it back.”

Kevin Kiermaier

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

“I had no idea we had the card,” Cash mentioned. “I expressed that to Ross, Charlie and Pete Walker, but take full responsibility. I apologized to all of them, and if I needed to speak to (Monday’s starter) Robbie Ray, I would have no problem doing that. Not ideal and I’m sorry about that.”

There have been no incidents when Kiermaier batted for the first 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, Cash mentioned he didn’t suppose so.

“Look, the card is on the ground, KK, I believe what he said,” Cash mentioned. “He thought it could have been his outfield card. I actually saw the video just before the game, looked like he was considering giving it back and he just said forget it, whatever, it’s sitting here I’m going to pick 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 Red Sox and Blue Jays are in position for the AL’s two wild playing cards, and the Yankees are a half-game again.

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