ANAHEIM -- An odd obstruction call went against the A's in the ninth inning Thursday, leading the A's to play the game against the Angels under protest as it went to extra innings.

The A's were incensed at an obstruction call made by home plate umpire Greg Gibson against A's reliever Dan Otero.

Otero and first baseman Brandon Moss both had ideas about fielding a high chopper off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar. Otero fielded it and with Moss standing adjacent collided with Aybar.

Otero had the ball, but that apparently held no weight with Gibson. Manager Bob Melvin came out to argue, and after getting no satisfaction, returned from the dugout to say the A's were protesting the game.




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