There was plenty of action Monday on the plush new carpet of Rogers Centre, where a sluggish
Not all of it was confined to the playing field.
With the Angels clinging to a 5-4 lead, reliever Mike Morin threw an 0-and-1 fastball that Donaldson took for a ball, leaning into and then jerking away from the pitch.
According to Butcher, Angels Manager
Morin struck out Donaldson for the second out, but Donaldson, an Angels nemesis when he played for Oakland from 2012 to 2014, continued to bark at the Angels from the Blue Jays dugout. Butcher could be seen on television telling Gonzalez to "shut him up." TV cameras then showed Donaldson making a lewd gesture and yelling vulgarities.
"His actions and gestures speak for themselves," Butcher said.
Donaldson was irked by comments from the Angels during his at-bat.
"There was obviously something said to me, and I don't just banter or go on a rant like that for anything," Donaldson said. "I'm not here to try to bad mouth. People saw what happened. I played against these guys for a long time; they know the competitor I am. I think we just got caught up in the heat of the moment."
Said Scioscia: "A lot of guys took exception to [Donaldson] yelling at our dugout. We weren't even talking to him. We were talking to the umpire."
Asked whether he was rattled or distracted by the exchange, Morin said, "No, that didn't have anything to do with the following hitters."
Morin, who had walked only two batters in 13 1/3 innings this season, walked
"I can't remember the last time I've thrown eight balls in a row," Morin said. "I'm usually pretty good at throwing strikes."
Scioscia replaced Morin with right-hander
"It's my job when the phone rings and my name is on the other end to be ready," Pestano said. "That's why we play catch every day, why we throw on flat ground. It's nobody's fault but my own. … I was put in a situation to do a job, and I didn't do it. That's on me."