Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar apologizes for anti-gay slur

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He was hitting.262 with 4 home runs and 16 RBIs in 37 games with Gwinnett.

The Blue Jays suspended Pillar on Thursday shortly after he apologized, saying he was "completely and utterly embarrassed" by his actions toward Jason Motte. It was deemed to be legal, and Pillar really had nothing much he could say about it directly, especially given how the Blue Jays regularly employ this tactic.

On Thursday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about the Pillar incident at the conclusion of the league's quarterly owners meetings in NY. "The best way to get me out is to throw inside".

The Jays lost the game 8-4 - a contest that twice saw dugouts and bullpens empty, the first of which, immediately after Pillar's exchange with Motte. I'm just exhausted of it.

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

After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, scoring 19 runs, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.

The Blue Jays also had a tough night on the basepaths.

Braves slugger Freddie Freeman had to leave Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after getting struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. "There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that's no excuse". "It's part of the game, it's just I'm a competitive guy and (it was) heat of the moment. But slurs don't have to be 'part of the game.' And a homophobic slur doesn't have to define Kevin", wrote You Can Play president and co-founder Brian Kitts in an email.

"We will make sure it's thoughtful and something that can have a significant impact", Atkins said.

The issue with Pillar's candidacy for the lead-off position was his lack of ability at getting on base.

In the eighth inning, both teams charged onto the field after Toronto's Jose Bautista homered off Eric O'Flaherty, stared down the Atlanta reliever and flipped his bat high in the air.

After whiffing on a quick pitch outside to end the top of the seventh inning, Pillar yelled toward the mound, resulting in the first of two bench-clearing incidents. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff. I've seen it from him enough".

As for Pillar, it was an angry reaction that prompted his ill-informed, obviously close-to-the-surface, one-word reaction towards an opposing pitcher he believed was not challenging him like a man. Pillar is not the lone ranger in terms of homophobic slurs in a locker-room situation.

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