Replay tested in Jays game

SLOWING DOWN: CC Sabathia, right, with Masahiro Tanaka, is trying to adapt to less velocity.

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SLOWING DOWN: CC Sabathia, right, with Masahiro Tanaka, is trying to adapt to less velocity.

FORT MYERS — Standing at first base, Chris Rahl realized he was probably destined to become the answer to a trivia question.

"It's kind of funny. I was thinking, 'Is this the first one?' " the Twins runner said Monday.

Indeed it was, the first call to be reviewed under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system.

MLB has expanded replay this year beyond potential home runs and boundary calls. This season, most every play except for balls and strikes is subject to a review, with calls coming from a replay booth in New York.

For this Blue Jays-Minnesota spring training game, the replay booth was a satellite truck outside the ballpark. The umpires rotated between the field and booth, becoming familiar with the system.

In the sixth inning, Toronto manager John Gibbons used his challenge. He asked umpires for a review after Rahl was called safe when SS Munenori Kawasaki's throw pulled Jared Goedert off the first base bag.

First-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth said Gibbons told him: "I'm not too sure that you're not right here, but since we haven't done it before, let's go take a look."

Culbreth responded: "Okay. That's what it's for."

The umpires gathered in front of the first-base dugout while umpire Brian O'Nora watched the replays. After a wait of 2:34, Culbreth spread his hands in the safe sign.

In the eighth inning, the Twins' Doug Bernier was called safe at first. As Culbreth studied the replay from the truck, the sound system played a Rolling Stones song with the familiar lyric, "I can't get no satisfaction."

The call was confirmed in about 2½ minutes. Bernier was safe.

"I was standing on first wondering was it a hit or not," he said. "I felt I was safe, felt that I had beat it out.

"They got the calls right. That's what's important."

Yanks: CC, Pettitte chat

TAMPA — LHP CC Sabathia made it clear last weekend that he wasn't interested in discussing his velocity.

He has nothing to gain from that, anyway. Chatting about it with Andy Pettitte is another matter.

Pettitte, who retired after last season, arrived at Yankees camp and will stay through Wednesday as a guest instructor. He watched Sabathia's morning bullpen session, standing behind him with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Sabathia has talked with Pettitte about the adjustments necessary for pitching with less velocity. Though never a power pitcher like Sabathia, Pettitte still had to change his approach after elbow surgery in 2004.

"The biggest thing for me is I'm trying to tell him don't worry about it," Pettitte said. "Whatever the velocity is, it is. You can't worry about that, you just need to get guys out with what you've got. So the biggest hurdle is mentally and not to worry about that."

Phils: Swipe tag a no-no

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Phillies have had numerous talks with their catchers about the new plate-blocking restrictions.

So manager Ryne Sandberg was understandably upset when, in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 6-1 loss to the Rays, C Lou Marson attempted a swipe tag on Justin Christian as he tried to score.

Christian avoided the tag, and Tampa Bay tagged on four more runs in the inning.

"That's an example of how we're not going to do it," Sandberg told "You've got the ball, you block the plate and he doesn't score. So that was an example of how not to do it. (RHP Michael Stutes) is out of the inning and it's a whole different thing. So that was not a good play."

AILING: INF Ronny Cedeno, who is competing for a backup job for the Phillies, was a late scratch from the lineup after feeling tightness in his lower back.

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