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Joe Girardi has Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest


The Yankees were finally able to begin the 2016 season after Monday’s expected season opener was postponed due to inclement weather. It only took eight innings for there to be some controversy, as manager Joe Girardi had the Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest.

With a runner on second base and one out in the eighth inning, Dellin Betances got Carlos Correa to hit a weak tapper down the first base line. Betances retrieved it but fired an errant throw to first base, allowing Jose Altuve to score. Replays showed Correa was far inside the first base line, so much so that he was running on the grass. You can see it in a screenshot Matthew Pouliot posted to Twitter:

Girardi came out to argue, but the umpires informed the skipper that the play isn’t replay reviewable and that they wouldn’t overturn the call. After some yelling, Girardi said the Yankees would play the game under protest. Of course, it’s not a protest that is likely to amount to anything. Though Girardi may have been correct that Correa should have been called out, the umpires were also correct — unfortunately. To avoid situations like this in the future, Major League Baseball will have to make that play reviewable.

The Yankees’ pain didn’t stop there, however. Correa attempted to steal second base and was initially called out, but the Astros challenged and the call was overturned. Colby Rasmus then drew a walk, and with two outs, Luis Valbuena brought home two runs with a single to right field, boosting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.

Considering it’s just above freezing in New York, this was probably not the most fun day the club has had playing baseball.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.