BOSTON (AP) -Even Joe Torre says Alex Rodriguez was out of line.
The New York Yankees manager concluded A-Rod shouldn't have distracted a Toronto fielder this week during a popup, joining a chorus of baseball people who said the two-time AL MVP broke the sport's unwritten code.
``He may have been excited about the fact that we were leading the ballgame,'' Torre said before his team's series opener at Boston. ``It was probably inappropriate to do it at the time he did it, but you can't change it, unfortunately.''
The play occurred in the ninth inning of New York's 10-5 win at Toronto on Wednesday night.
With the Yankees leading 7-5, Rodriguez was on first base and ran hard when Jorge Posada popped up. As he ran near third baseman Howie Clark, Rodriguez said something - `Hah!' according to Rodriguez, `Mine,'' according to Clark. The ball dropped for a run-scoring single.
When the game ended, many Toronto players stayed on the bench, staring at Rodriguez and New York players.
``They were angry,'' Torre said. ``Oh, there's no question. I can't say I blame them, but what are you going to do about it? What's happened has happened.''
Torre said he spoke with Rodriguez after the game.
``It's probably something he shouldn't have done,'' Torre said. ``I don't sense he's going to do it again.''
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