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Tigers didn't file protest over rain-shortened ruling

Tigers didn't file protest over rain-shortened ruling

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Tigers didn't file protest over rain-shortened ruling
BOSTON -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland and spokespersons for the Tigers and Major League Baseball both said Wednesday the team filed no formal complaint with MLB over the umpire's decisions on Tuesday night's rain-shortened game. That followed an ESPN Boston report saying a complaint was filed over crew chief Jerry Layne's decision to start the game and the timing to stop the game with the bases loaded for the Tigers in the sixth inning, citing a Tigers official.

That doesn't mean they were happy, but they didn't protest.

"We never protested the game," Leyland said. "The umpire made a decision, you respect it and move on. He waited and waited a long time after the delay. Could we have gotten one more out in or a home run? I don't know. But we didn't protest any game.

"Jerry Layne was absolutely tremendous. He kept us posted. He knocked on this door and said, 'It's supposed to get a little worse, but I'm going to wait. I'm going to wait until it's time. ... If it's not better by 11:15, I'm going to bang it.' That's all that was ever said."

The Tigers were also under the impression well before the game that the game would start on time, even if there was light rain, catcher Alex Avila said. So whether or not the Tigers agreed, they were kept up to date on the plan.

"There's not many times we've started a game in the rain," Avila said.

Avila said the field conditions were "pretty nasty" by the third inning. The grounds crew did what they could, but they were fighting a losing battle.

As for the decision to call it in the sixth with the bases loaded, Avila said, "It's unfortunate and disappointing."

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