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Replay's flaw exposed

PHOENIX — The perils of baseball's new replay rule figured prominently in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 victory over the Giants late Tuesday.

In the fourth inning, Arizona's A.J. Pollock raced home on a passed ball and was called safe by plate umpire Eric Cooper. Replays showed San Francisco RHP Matt Cain appeared to tag Pollock before Pollock crossed the plate.

But there was nothing Giants manager Bruce Bochy could do about it. He had used up his challenge moments earlier in a failed attempt to reverse a safe call on a pickoff attempt of Pollock at first.

"Good thing I made that play close at first," Pollock quipped. "It was all part of the master plan."

Even Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson seemed to think Pollock should have been called out. "It looked to me like it wasn't good for us," Gibson said, "but (the umpire) called him safe."

Bochy had been out of the dugout twice before he chose to challenge the pickoff play.

"What else are you going to do if you think they didn't get the call right?" he said.

JETER TRIBUTE: SS Derek Jeter got a pair of cowboy boots with Yankees pinstripes, a 10-gallon cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs as the Astros paid tribute to the retiring star in a ceremony that included former teammates Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte.

EX-PITCHER HEALING: Former pitcher Frank Viola, 53, was resting after open-heart surgery, the Mets said.

RELIEF AID: The Mariners, Major League Baseball and the players association have combined to donate $225,000 to assist with recovery from the deadly Washington mudslide. The donation will be made to the American Red Cross Washington Landslide Relief Fund.

FUTURES GAME: Former Twins manager Tom Kelly and Twins Hall of Fame RHP Bert Blyleven will manage in the All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13.

PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins went home to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

REDS: RH reliever Jonathan Broxton, recovering from forearm surgery, could come off the DL next week and close until LHP Aroldis Chapman returns from being hit in the head by a line drive in spring training..

Replay's flaw exposed 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:16pm]
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