Monday, June 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Expanded replay passes first tests

Major League Baseball launched the expanded replay era Monday and saw instant results: a pair of missed calls by umpires got fixed fast, without any arguments.

Opening day showed off the game's newest nod to technology in a sport that long relied on the eyes of its umps.

From now on, most calls can be challenged by a manager. The final decision will come from a replay booth in New York, rather than the field. And instead of out or safe, fair or foul, disputes will be settled with two words new to baseball's lingo: confirmed or overturned.

Commissioner Bud Selig was at Miller Park in Milwaukee for the first call that got reversed. Minutes later, another ruling got changed at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

"You know what? They got the play right. That's the bottom line," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who won his challenge in Milwaukee but lost the game.

Baseball was last among the four major American sports to use video reviews.

BONDS NOSTALGIC: After 21 years, it appears the old wounds surrounding Barry Bonds' abrupt departure from Pittsburgh have started to heal. Bonds drew a mix of boos and cheers while presenting Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen with the 2013 NL MVP award. He waved to the packed house and seemed at ease in his first public appearance in conjunction with the team where he starred from 1986-92. "It feels good to be back where it all started," Bonds said. "We had some great times here."

DARVISH CLOSE: Rangers ace RHP Yu Darvish could get back in the rotation without making a rehabilitation start after he is eligible to come off the disabled list, meaning he could start Saturday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

VLAD RETIRES AN ANGEL: Former OF Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-day contract to retire with the Angels. The former MVP hasn't played in the majors since 2011.

A'S: RHP Joe Blanton rejoined the team on a minor-league contract and will begin the season at Triple-A Sacramento.

D'BACKS: RH reliever David Hernandez is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery today, ending his season.

NATIONALS: X-rays on C Wilson Ramos' injured left hand came back negative. He's likely to seek a second opinion from a hand specialist.

RED SOX: RF Shane Victorino went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. OF Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, and Daniel Nava started in rightfield against the Orioles.

ROCKIES: RHP Tyler Chatwood will go on the disabled list today and will miss his scheduled start Wednesday at Miami because of a strained left hamstring. RHP Jordan Lyles will be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

WHITE SOX: RHP Matt Lindstrom was named the team's closer.

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