Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied the formal protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays regarding their Aug. 23rd game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The Rays lost the game, 5-4 in 10 innings. But Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon protested the game because of a fourth inning decision by umpiring crew chief Bob Davidson.

Davidson allowed Toronto manager John Gibbons to challenge a call at first base on an attempted picked off of Wil Myers. The call was overturned and Myers was call out.

Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle was standing on the rubber and Yunel Escobar was standing in the batter's box before Gibbons left the dugout to challenge the safe call.

Maddon argued that because the players were in place, the challenge should not have been allowed.

"It's a legitimate protest," Maddon said. "Hitter in box, pitcher on the rubber, that locks the mechanism, period."

On Tuesday, Joe Torre, executive vice president for baseball operations, denied Maddon's protest.

---The Detroit Tigers have not stopped trying to shore up their shaky bullpen. According to, the Tigers have claimed Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls on a revocable waiver claim. Detroit now has until Wednesday to strike a deal for the 36-year-old.

Qualls has saved 14 of 17 opportunities this season with a 3.07 ERA. In 44 innings, Qualls has walked only five batters, two of them intentionally.

---One of the talented young players in the well-stocked Chicago Cubs' farm system is expected to be called up to the big leagues.

According to reports, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will join the Cubs before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The 22-year-old Soler is batting .338 this season in the minor leagues with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs' rookie league team in Mesa, Ariz.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Soler, called a "freakish athlete" by one of his teammate, defected from Cuba in 2011 and signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in June 2012.

---The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list after a rehab stint in the minor leagues. Eaton suffered a strained oblique muscle earlier this month and was sidelined for nearly three weeks.

In two weekend minor league games with Triple-A Charlotte, Eaton went 3-for-10 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.

The 25-year-old Eaton was in the midst of a good season with the White sox before the injury, batting .304 with a .370 on-base percentage in 94 games.

---After missing six weeks with a strained oblique muscle, Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan was activated from the disabled list.

Hanigan was injured before the All-Star break and had played in 61 games this season after coming to the Rays from the Cincinnati Reds, batting .212 with four home runs and 27 RBIs.

The 34-year-old is expected to split time behind the plate with Jose Molina in the final weeks of the season.