Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

  • Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Replays clearly showed Pillar yelling a two-syllable homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte, who the Jays leading offensive player felt was guilty of a quick pitch.

The Braves have won three straight games against the Jays with the final contest of the four-game home-and-home series set for Thursday.

"We're representing a whole country here and by not having that implemented, a mandatory course or whatever it is, it's doing a disservice to the city and to the country and to the Jays themselves", he said. The AL East bottom-feeders scored an additional three runs in the third inning that began with a Bautista double and another three runs in the fourth inning in which he added a single.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after a year ago", O'Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle.

Major League Baseball is investigating Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding what appeared to be a homophobic slur screamed after striking out against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Julio Teheran hit Jose Bautista in the thigh during the first inning of Thursday night's game. To understand the impact of Pillar's words, it helps to examine why certain words get used as insults.

Then, in the eighth, the benches emptied after Toronto's Bautista homered to left, standing at home plate and staring toward pitcher Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away with a towering toss.

This wasn't anything quite like Bautista's over-the-top bat flip against the Rangers in the 2015 playoffs, when he tossed it at least 20 feet in the air in the direction of the Rangers dugout.

Just this past September, Kevin Pillar was named as the Toronto Blue Jays' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The average time of a nine-inning game is a record 3 hours, 5 minutes - up from 3 hours previous year and 2:56 in 2015, Manfred's first season as commissioner.

Stroman's homer was right on the heels of catcher Luke Maile, who opened the inning with a solo shot.

It was a pretty impressive effort from Stroman, who told us on Wednesday that he was determined to make an impact at the plate in his first start against an NL opponent this season. Additionally, he commented that would "use this as an opportunity to better [himself]". "I didn't do my job". This reminds me, I didn't bring lunch to work today...guess I know where I'm going! I don't know (what it is).

Based on the ruling, Kang is highly unlikely to return to the Pirates this season.

"He's a good athlete and he thinks he can do it", Gibbons said. The first was Mark Hendrickson back in June of 2003 at Montreal. Pillar headed toward the outfield and the Braves left the field. Prior to Thursday's game, the California native was third in the American League in hits with 51 and 10th in batting average (.305).

Koehler was optioned Tuesday to Triple-A New Orleans after giving up eight runs in three innings in a loss to Houston.