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Cubs remove initial present replay challenge

March 31st, 2014 | by admin
Cubs remove initial present replay challenge
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PITTSBURGH — Chalk one adult for a umpires.

The initial regular-season present replay plea in Major League Baseball story resulted in an umpire’s call being inspected Monday during a fifth inning of a Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates diversion during PNC Park.

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Cubs manager Rick Renteria appealed referee Bob Davidson’s out call during initial bottom after pitcher Jeff Samardzija had bunted into an apparent double play with runners on initial and second.

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Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano fielded a bunt and threw to third bottom to force out Nate Schierholtz. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez afterwards threw to initial bottom and got Samardzija by a step.

Renteria called time out and approached Davidson and home image referee John Hirschbeck, a umpiring organisation chief, and asked that a play be reviewed. Hirschbeck retreated to a Pirates’ cave and reached a replay authority core during a MLB Advanced Media domicile in New York.

Ninety seconds later, Hirschbeck signaled out.

Until this season, usually home run calls could be reviewed, and usually during a umpires’ discretion.

But Opening Day brought several scenarios that will play themselves out this season. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was a initial to win a challenge, removing a protected call on Ryan Braun reversed. Shortly thereafter, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle won a plea as well, removing a protected call on a pickoff try topsy-turvy as a Pirates-Cubs diversion remained scoreless.

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And in St. Petersburg, Fla., we got a near-use of replay early in a Blue Jays-Rays game, and a mechanics were rather comical.

In a tip of a third, Rays manager Joe Maddon walked out solemnly after a Jays’ Colby Rasmus got called protected during initial on a tighten pickoff play.

While enchanting first-base referee Bill Welke in conversation, Maddon was conspicuously looking toward a dugout, where dais manager Dave Martinez was on a phone. After a few seconds, Martinez flashed a “cut it off” sign, fluttering a palm opposite his throat.

Maddon afterwards soon resolved his “argument” and returned to a dugout.

No harm, no foul, no squandered challenge.

Contributing: Jorge L. Ortiz in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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