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Maddon protests loss to Nats over double toe tap

WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Cubs protested Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Nationals, with manager Joe Maddon arguing that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning.

The double toe tap that Doolittle appeared to use as he delivered the ball to home plate has been deemed illegal in the past, but umpires on Saturday did not force the left-hander to alter his delivery, much to the dismay of Maddon.

"I said 'if you guys don't clean it up I'm going to protest the game,'" Maddon recalled after the game.