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20:21  18 may  2017
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Major League Baseball is investigating an exchange between Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar and Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte during Wednesday's game in which it's alleged Pillar used a homophobic slur, a league spokesperson told Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star.

Motte struck out Pillar on a quick pitch to end the seventh inning and began walking off the mound when Pillar began yelling at him from the plate. PiIlar appeared to be upset with the fact that Motte had used a quick pitch.

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Following the exchange - which resulted in the benches clearing - it was suggested on social media that Pillar used a homophobic slur.

After the game Pillar was not asked directly what he said, though he was apologetic for his actions.

"It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for," Pillar told reporters. "It’s part of the game, it's just, I'm a competitive guy and heat of the moment. ... Obviously, something to learn from, something to move on from."

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Getzlaf gets GoFundMe support after fine .
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