Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus' slide upsets Tigers

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (right) holds Tigers Torii Hunter back from going to the mound...

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (right) holds Tigers Torii Hunter back from going to the mound after he was hit with a pitch by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Todd Redmond in the sixth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto July 3, 2013. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Hard slide or dirty slide — it depends on what team you were on.

In the fourth inning at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday, Blue Jays base-runner Colby Rasmus took out Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante on a late slide where Rasmus’ spikes rammed into Infante’s left shin and sent him flying.

Rasmus had been on first base when Rajai Davis followed with a chopper to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who threw to Infante covering the bag. A nanosecond later, Rasmus came sliding into him.

The play left Infante writhing and after a few minutes he got to his feet and limped off the field. He was replaced by Ramon Santiago. Infante was left with a shin contusion.

The Tigers weren’t happy about it.

“I knew it was bad because he didn’t get up,” winning pitcher Max Scherzer said of the play. “It’s a good thing it wasn’t an ankle or a knee. That’s what happens when you play dirty.”

When asked about the slide, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was noncommittal.


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