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Maddon moves on from Friday's ejection

Maddon moves on from Friday's ejection

Maddon moves on from Friday's ejection
BOSTON -- Joe Maddon expressed displeasure with the strike zone of home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in Friday night's game, which earned him an ejection from the game.

Saturday afternoon, the Rays' manager was asked if he had any further thoughts on the matter and he said, "Nope."

"I said what I said yesterday, and I meant everything that I did say," Maddon said. "Staying consistent with what I've said, I've talked about staying in the present tense and the moment, and that's about today."

Among Maddon's comments Friday night was his opinion that the strike zone was a one-sided affair -- extra wide for Red Sox pitchers and narrow for Rays hurlers. Maddon said he had "no idea" if he would be disciplined.

"I really don't," Maddon said. "I guess I'll find out soon enough."

A theory circulating among Rays fans is that Major League Baseball does not want the Rays to win. Maddon would have nothing to do with the notion that some sort of conspiracy theory against the Rays was in play.

"Never, I'll never believe that," Maddon said. "I'm not a conspiracy theorist anyway. I said what I said yesterday, it's time to move on to today. I don't live my life that way. ... Listen, I think I'm a free thinker. I permit everybody else to do the same. From my perspective, I've never, ever, ever had that thought."

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