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Yanks seek clarity after time call stymies rally

@BryanHoch
August 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Let's get this out of the way: the Yankees aren't coming back to Chavez Ravine to replay the ninth inning of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers, despite a controversial decision to grant time in the middle of a play that could have permitted Gleyber Torres to

LOS ANGELES -- Let's get this out of the way: the Yankees aren't coming back to Chavez Ravine to replay the ninth inning of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers, despite a controversial decision to grant time in the middle of a play that could have permitted Gleyber Torres to score the tying run.

While manager Aaron Boone said he does not expect the outcome of the game to change, he spoke to general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman about the play, in which home-plate umpire Gabe Morales granted time to pitcher Kenley Jansen while the ball appeared to be live.

The Yankees do not see grounds for a protest, as it was a judgment call on the part of the umpires, but they have inquired to Major League Baseball and are waiting to hear an explanation.

"I just want to hear their take on that, on the timeout," Boone said. "Just kind of in watching it back more and more, you can clearly see Kenley asking for [time]. That doesn’t mean you should get it, though. Time was called and Gleyber was on his way. Hopefully we’ll get at least an answer on the thought process there, whether they think it was in line or not."

Torres was miffed by the umpires' decision to send him back to third base on the play, during which Brett Gardner slid hard and toppled second baseman Max Muncy on a fielder's choice. The Yankees still had a bases-loaded chance with one out, but Jansen escaped by striking out Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez.

"I knew that Gardner was safe at second," Torres said. "I am just surprised they don't call safe at home plate and I am back to third base."

Boone said that he had no issue with Muncy's actions; the infielder acknowledged that he was intentionally slow to get up after Gardner's slide, hoping that the umpires would call time to freeze Torres at third.

"I didn’t think it should have been called time, no matter what [Muncy] was doing," Boone said. "Maybe that advanced the story a little bit. It didn’t change or have me react any more so."

Gumby Nation

Jordan Montgomery made his first Minor League rehab start for Class A Advanced Tampa on Sunday, throwing two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in the Tarpons' 5-1 loss to Lakeland.

Montgomery is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2018 and, despite a setback that stalled his progress this June, he could become a bullpen option for New York in September.

Comeback trail

Luke Voit (sports hernia) homered in his second Minor League rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, then he went 3-for-5 with an RBI while playing eight innings at first base in Sunday's 6-2 loss at Lehigh Valley. Voit is on track to rejoin the Yankees' big league roster for their upcoming homestand.

Giancarlo Stanton (right PCL strain) has continued to run on the field and could participate in his first on-field batting practice session since his most recent injury during the Yankees' upcoming series against the Mariners in Seattle.

This date in Yankees history

Aug. 25, 2011: The Yankees became the first team ever to hit three grand slams in a game (Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson) en route to defeating the A’s, 22-9. Jorge Posada made his first career appearance at second base, recording the game’s final out on a groundout.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.