On Friday afternoon, Craig told us that Adam Jones was detained at the Canadian border. Well, according to what Jones wrote on his Twitter page on Friday night, it was all a case of mistaken identity.
Via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun:
“Basically, what happened, was they had the wrong person,” said Jones,
who broke the news on his Twitter
page. “They thought I was somebody else. It all got situated but it
took its time to get situated. It’s frustrating for me. I shouldn’t have
put it out how I put it out. Now, we can all just get on with it. …
Everything’s taken care of on my end.”
And just who may he have been mistaken with? According to Zrebiec, Jones’ mother believes that it is Adam “Pacman” Jones, the newly-signed Cincinnati Bengal. Jones couldn’t confirm his mother’s suspicions, but obviously “Pacman” has quite the rap sheet. Still, the incident shouldn’t instill much confidence in athletes — or anyone, really — when passing through the border.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.