A bit of posturing on the part of Orioles manager Buck Showalter cost his team two bases and a run Sunday, after Showalter argued that a double by Matt Joyce should have been called foul -- and it was instead ruled a home run after review.
The play happened with one out in the top of the sixth inning, with the Rays leading 2-1. Joyce, a left-handed batter, hooked a line drive down the right-field line and strolled into second with a stand-up double after the ball, which appeared to hit near the top of the wall, was ruled fair.
Showalter then emerged from the Orioles dugout to protest the call, which led Rays manager Joe Maddon to come out in his own defense. After a lengthy discussion with both managers, the umpiring crew decided to review the play -- which, by rule, means someone (probably Maddon) argued that the ball had actually cleared the fence.
After checking the replay, the umpires determined that the ball was neither a double nor a foul ball, but actually, a home run that...