Joe Torre said Thursday that the umpires of Wednesday's Royals-Yankees games erred in giving Billy Butler a home run, Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets.
Torre, baseball's head honcho for on-field matters, said umpire Dana DeMuth "feels very badly about it," but probably not as badly as Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Girardi didn't file a protest, so the matter is now closed, Torre told Davidoff.
If Girardi had protested, Torre said, "I can't tell you what the result would have been, but we certainly would have had to look at it."
Torre told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that there was a "misunderstanding" by the umpires of the ground rules at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
"The replay gave him every look that he needed to make the right call," Torre said. "He thought he did make the right call. This isn't an umpire not doing his job. That was his understanding of the rule when he's umpired there and nothing had happened to change his mind until last night."