Athletics drop protest

Anaheim, CA ( - The Oakland Athletics have decided to drop their protest of Thursday's game against the LA Angels of Anaheim.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin lodged the protest after a ninth-inning play that was ruled obstruction.

Athletics pitcher Dan Otero fielded Erick Aybar's high chopper along the first-base line and the two collided, along with Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss. Despite Aybar being on the infield grass, umpires ruled that Otero obstructed the runner's path and awarded him first base.

It was a judgment call and crew chief Gerry Davis said after the game that a judgment ruling cannot be protested.

"After further consideration, as well as conversations with the commissioner's office, the A's have decided to drop the protest from last night's game," the Athletics said Friday in a statement. "We have determined that, as stated after the game by the crew chief, Gerry Davis, the call in question was a judgment call and not worthy of pursuing further."

The Angels went on to load the bases with the score tied at 2-2 in the ninth inning, but failed to score. They went on to win the game in 10 innings.