Rays impressed with Galarraga, Joyce

Rays impressed with Galarraga, Joyce

ARLINGTON -- Inside the Rays' clubhouse there was a lot of admiration for the way Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce handled the aftermath of Wednesday night's blown call by Joyce that cost Galarraga a perfect game.

"That was spectacular," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "The word classy is overused a lot of times. But that truly was a classy moment on his part and Jimmy's part. I thought Jim Joyce handled it about a good as it could have been handled from the umpire side of things. Equally, both of them, I was really impressed with both of those guys."

Rays pitcher James Shields said Galarraga handled the whole thing "unbelievably."

"This is two days later and I'm still saying he handled it unbelievable," Shields said. "I don't think any pitcher in the big leagues would have handled it the way he did. I actually feel bad for Jim Joyce. ... I don't want to say those things happen, because they don't. But it's a tough situation. It's kind of sad, it's sad for both parties, Jim and Galarraga as well."

Shields called Joyce "awesome."

"That's one thing the players ask for in the umpires is for them to be accountable for their actions," Shields said. "And he definitely was. ... He's a great umpire -- a good guy. He's definitely a baseball guy."