Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar Appeared To Yell Homophobic Slur At Braves Pitcher

"It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going", Pillar said.

I will not excuse Pillar's use of the homophobic "F" word, regardless of how much I like the player, and how many times I have misspoken in the heat of the moment.

Did you realize that Monday was the one-year anniversary of the punch heard around the world?* Yep, Texas' Rougned Odor slugged Toronto's Jose Bautista in the face during a game on May 15, 2016.

"The organization is taking the situation seriously and [general manager] Ross [Atkins] will be coming to Atlanta today", Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said in an email.

Pillar took exception to Motte's strategy and barked something at the right-hander, causing the benches to clear.

"He didn't do anything wrong, it was on me", Pillar said.

Pillar, 28, has been enjoying a strong season at the plate and in the field. "It's something to learn from, something to move on from".

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A Major League Baseball spokesperson wrote to the Star via email on Thursday morning that "the matter is being investigated".

He has six homers, 12 RBIs, an.854 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and has made several highlight-reel catches in centre field.

In September 2012, shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games after playing against the Boston Red Sox with the Spanish words "TU ERE MARICON" written on eye black stickers, a black patch baseball players wear under their eyes to reduce the sun's glare.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight again after what happened a year ago", said Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who gave up the home run in the top of the eighth inning.

The home run did nothing other than cut the final score to 8-4.

Punctuated by mocking laughter, O'Flaherty went on to rip Bautista.

"That's something (that's) making the game tough to watch", he said. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff". "Guy hits a home run in a five-run game. It's exhausted. We've seen it from him though". It's 2017, so it's too late to say "I didn't mean it like that", or "it just slipped out".

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