Rays' Kevin Kiermaier wants Blue Jays in postseason after scouting-card controversy

El lunes, Kiermaier picked up a scouting card off the ground that apparently came from Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk during a play at the plate and refused to give it back. Rays manager Kevin Cash apologized to the Blue Jays, and Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said things were good.

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Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, right, is held back by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman and Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen after Kiermaier was hit with a pitch by starting pitcher Ryan Borucki, derecho, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Septiembre. 22, 2021, in St. San Petersburgo, Fla.

Tampa Bay RaysKevin Kiermaier, derecho, is held back by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman and Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen after Kiermaier was hit with a pitch by starting pitcher Ryan Borucki, derecho, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Septiembre. 22, 2021, in St. San Petersburgo, Fla. ((AP Photo/Chris O’Meara))

Everything wasn’t all copasetic.

Kiermaier was plunked by Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki in the eighth inning. He believed the bean ball was intentional and said themotivation is therefor the Rays to play the Blue Jays again.

Pretty much almost went behind me,” he said of the plunking. “I thought it was a weak move, to be quite honest. Se acabó. It’s didn’t hurt by any means, so I don’t care. Whatever. We move on. We got a series win, and I hope we play those guys, I really do.

Borucki said he just missed.

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“Yo era como, I missed arm-side, like I miss arm-side a lot. I pitch inside all the time, y [umpire Joe West] was like, ‘You’ve just got to go,"” Borucki said.

Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe called the pitchbush league.Montoyo insisted Kiermaier wasn’t hit intentionally.

Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays players stand on the field after Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki hit the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Septiembre. 22, 2021, in St. San Petersburgo, Fla.

Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays players stand on the field after Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki hit the RaysKevin Kiermaier with a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Septiembre. 22, 2021, in St. San Petersburgo, Fla. ((AP Photo/Chris O’Meara))

He missed. He hit him, but I understand what it looks like. I understood how the Rays got upset about it. That thing was on for two days,” Montoyo added.

Tampa Bay won the game 7-1 on Wednesday and clinched a postseason spot for the third straight season.

If Toronto wants to make the playoffs, the team will have to win some of its final few games of the season. The loss on Wednesday put the Blue Jays out of a wild card spot after the New York Yankees finished off their sweep of the Texas Rangers. The Jays are now a half game out of the final wild-card spot.

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