Phillies' protest denied

Updated: April 23, 2004, 6:36 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia's protest of a game against the Florida Marlins was denied Friday by the commissioner's office.

Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, rejected manager Larry Bowa's protest stemming from Florida's 8-7, 12-inning win Wednesday.

Placido Polanco led off the ninth with a hit to left field. The ball got stuck under the padding on the wall, prompting outfielder Jeff Conine to throw up his hands. Polanco circled the bases, but the umpires called it a ground-rule double and sent Polanco back to second.

Bowa protested, saying Conine should have had to play the ball because it was clearly visible.

Marlins manager Jack McKeon was not surprised by DuPuy's ruling.

"I had no doubts whatsoever," McKeon said. "You don't see too many that are upheld."

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