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Baseball Blue Jays demote Pillar after he tosses bat in dugout outburst

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar (11) poses for a photo at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have sent outfielder Kevin Pillar back to the minors, one day after the rookie threw his bat down the dugout steps when he was pulled for a pinch hitter.

The Blue Jays selected outfielder Brad Glenn from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. Pillar was hitting .225 with no home runs and two RBIs, and was demoted to Triple-A.

Pillar tossed his bat down the steps leading from the dugout to the clubhouse after Anthony Gose batted for him in the eighth inning Tuesday night against the Yankees.

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Pillar then walked the length of the dugout and took off his batting gloves while having a brief and civil conversation with manager John Gibbons.

On Wednesday, Gibbons said Glenn was promoted to increase offensive production. But Gibbons acknowledged that Pillar's antics "didn't help him at all."

"This is a team game," Gibbons said. "There's no room for selfish play."

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