Red Sox filing formal protest from Yankees loss

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

BOSTON -- One day later, the Boston Red Sox are pressing forward with their protest of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.

It is not that Matt Holliday's bizarre slide back into first base in the 11th inning cost the Red Sox in a 16-inning 4-1 loss. The Sox say it's more about making sure such a play is not allowed to happen again.

Red Sox manager John Farrell contends that Holliday interfered with first baseman Mitch Moreland's ability to catch a return throw from shortstop Xander Bogaerts on what could have been a double play. Although Holliday had already been called out on a force play at second base on a ground ball by Jacoby Ellsbury, he charged back to first. The throw got by Moreland and hit Ellsbury, who was ruled safe.

"I still firmly believe there was interference on the play," Farrell said Sunday before the opener of a day-night doubleheader against the Yankees at Fenway Park. "If it goes unaddressed or goes without any kind of further attention brought to it, who's to say you ca not instruct runners to do the same going forward?

"If there was no interference, [Moreland] would have had access to the bag. He was taken out of it by the returning runner [Holliday]."


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