Marco Estrada loses perfect game in the eighth inning

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Marco Estrada had a whale of a start today for the Jays. Unfortunately, he’s on his way to a no-decision now.

Estrada had set down the first 22 batters he faced, striking out nine, when Logan Forsythe came to the plate for the Tampa Bay Rays and did this:

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The call was challenged, but he was ruled safe. And it was the right call, Joe West making the initial one notwithstanding.

Estrada ended up pitching eight and two-thirds, striking out ten and allowing only two hits. As I write this, the Jays and Rays remain in a scoreless tie after 11 innings.

UPDATE: Chris Colabello just hit a go-ahead homer to break a 0-0 tie in the 12th inning.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?