Saturday, November 18, 2017
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MLB: Umps goofed, A's still lose

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CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball said the umpires were wrong. The Athletics knew that all along.

"We saw what we saw (Wednesday) night," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse a call that had negated a tying homer by the A's Adam Rosales in the ninth after a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an "improper call" was made.

However, Torre said Thursday the "judgment" call and the Indians' 4-3 victory will stand.

"By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief," Torre said.

Said Melvin, "No, I didn't think there was any chance (of the call being overturned) because there'd been calls before that have been missed and nothing's happened because of it."

With two outs, Rosales hit a drive to left that cleared the 19-foot-high outfield wall and struck a metal railing. Melvin asked for a review, and the umpires watched replays in an area near the dressing room. They returned and instructed Rosales, who was set to sprint home, to stay at second.

Randy Marsh, MLB's director of umpires, arrived in Cleveland to talk with the umpires and inspect the replay equipment. He said everything appeared to be in working order.

100-game suspension: RHP Daniel Tuttle, a 22-year-old Reds prospect on the DL this year, was suspended for 100 games for a third violation for a drug of abuse under the minor-league drug program.

Blue Jays: LHP Ricky Romero was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, and RHP Edgar Gonzalez was designated for assignment. Romero lasted one-third of an inning Wednesday in a 10-4 loss to the Rays, the shortest start of his career.

Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez was to leave San Francisco after Thursday's game for Statesboro, Ga., where his daughter, Gabrielle, graduates Saturday from Georgia Southern. Bench coach Carlos Tosca will manage for two games until Gonzalez returns late Saturday.

Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (broken collarbone) is scheduled to make his first injury rehabilitation start tonight for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga at Lake Elsinore.

Red Sox: Closer Joel Hanrahan (strained right forearm) was transferred to the 60-day DL and will have an exam that could determine whether he needs surgery.

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