Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson posts mocking tweet of Braves

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Following an incident that occurred Wednesday night during the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves game, Major League Baseball announced an investigation directed at outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding possible homophobic slurs he allegedly made to Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves held on after Freddie Freeman left with an injury in an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Well, the Toronto Blue Jays' battery of Marcus Stroman and Luke Maile did just that on Thursday night when they took Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran deep in the top of the fourth inning for back-to-back home runs. Bautista had caused one of the benches-clearing incidents the night before after he hit a home run in the eighth inning and flipped his bat.

Pillar tweeted an apology for using "inappropriate language" and helping to "extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today".

The Braves scored two runs in the sixth, one unearned, to pad the lead before Bautista connected on a 2-2 pitch from O'Flaherty and tempers flared. The team was considering free agents, including James Loney, who hit.265 with nine homers in 100 games for the Mets past year and was released from a minor league contract with Detroit this month. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff", O'Flaherty said.

Freeman, who is batting.341 and leads the National League with 14 homers, had X-rays taken Wednesday, and the Braves said the results were inconclusive.

Probably rattled from that, Biagini walked a pair to score the first Braves run and with the bases loaded, Nick Markakis hit a single into the left-field corner that scored two more. The Blue Jays outfielder apologized for his reaction after the game but did not indicate what he said on the field. "I've seen it from him enough".

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Suzuki wouldn't say what was said, other than it was just something that happened in the heat of the moment.

Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays. "I hope people see this as just an error in judgment".

Afterward, Pillar conceded to reporters that he was frustrated by his team's struggles, though he didn't mention what he said.

Of course, it was a bat flip from Bautista in the 2015 ALDS that enraged the Texas Rangers. He has also been given a two-game suspension by the team, a penalty that managers said Pillar completely supported.

Yesterday's incident is slightly reminiscent of 2012, when then-Blue Jay infielder Yunel Escobar was suspended three games after playing a game with the Spanish words, "TU ERE MARICON" written on his eye black.

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