With a 3-2 lead, the Rays got fancy with lineup manipulation in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox.
Lefty reliever Adam Kolarek replaced Charlie Morton, and Ji-Man Choi entered the game at first base.
Cora chose to have his team play the game under protest due to the placement of substitutes in the lineup.
MLB will have a look at the Rays’ goings-on in Wednesday’s game.
If the league decides that the umpires did get it wrong by allowing the Rays to make illegal roster substitutions, the game will be replayed from the point of protest.
If the league sides with the Rays, the outcome of the game stands.
According to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo, only one protest since 1986 has been successful, when the Giants protested a rain-shortened game against the Cubs in 2014.