Yankees seek answers after umpire's ruling nullifies run in loss to Dodgers

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

"We move on and hopefully go get a series tomorrow", Boone said, and that's exactly - and all - the Yankees should do. Confusion reigned on the field.

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. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out against Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, but were unable to push across the tying run. Third baseman Justin Turner had fielded Gio Urshela's slow grounder and threw it to Muncy at second.

Torres was perhaps a quarter of the way down the third-base line - thanks to Twitter video/audio stud @Jomboy_ for creating a GIF of the moment - when home-plate umpire Gabe Morales put up his hands, calling time and ordering Torres back to third.

The argument: Forget for a second that after the game Muncy said he pretended to be injured to stop play. As such, Torres was ordered back to third base. It looked like one of two things happened afterward: Either a Dodgers player, maybe pitcher Kenley Jansen, called time out.

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After three ejections and a suspension following heated run-ins with umpires, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is clearly not on the same page with MLB's umpires right now.

Boone's beef would seemingly fall under the "judgement call" category as well since it was the umpire's determination that timeout had been called. Then you noticed Torres, who had reached third as Muncy held the ball on the ground, heading toward home. No, because the play is still live. The Dodgers and Yankees are the best teams in the National and American league and will square off for the first time this season, but it may not be their last meeting. Finally, did Morales actually have to grant anybody a timeout at all? 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. But whether he called it because of Jansen or because he wanted one is interesting.

With Torres off the bag, he was still a player in motion and the play was still happening. The umpire shouldn't have been able to call timeout. Torres should have scored.

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