Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier hit by pitch in apparent retaliation for swiping Blue Jays’ scouting card

Baseball’s customs raised their awful head as soon as again on Wednesday as Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was struck in the back by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays reducer Ryan Borucki.

Both groups benches cleared practically right away. Borucki and Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker were ejected from the video game, which the Rays went on to win 7-1 and clinch the very first American League playoff area of the season.

“Oh yeah, it was intentional,” Kiermaier stated after the video game. “Pretty much almost went behind me. I thought it was a weak move, to be quite honest. It’s over. It’s didn’t hurt by any means, so I don’t care. Whatever. We move on. We got a series win, and I hope we play those guys, I really do.”

The dustup probably originated from an event in Monday night’s video game in between the 2 groups when Kiermaier was safe on a close play at the plate. As he and Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk made contact, the searching progress report that Kirk had actually connected to his wristband was up to the ground. Kiermaier selected it up and brought it back to the Rays dugout.

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is held back by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman after he was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki, left, in their game on Wednesday.

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is kept back by home base umpire Bruce Dreckman after he was struck by a pitch from Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki, left, in their video game on Wednesday.

The Jays asked to have the card returned, however the Rays declined. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money asked forgiveness to heaven Jays company on Tuesday and Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated the matter was “agua under the bridge.”

However, perhaps not.

At the time, the Rays held a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning as the protecting American League champs ended up being the 4th MLB group to clinch a playoff berth this season.

The San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Makers have actually currently protected playoff areas in the National League, while the Chicago White Sox will need to wait another day to finish up the AL Central title. Their video game in Detroit and second-place Cleveland’s video game versus Kansas City were both drizzled out.

Contributing: The Associated Press.

This post initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier struck by pitch in wake of searching card event

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