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07/20/09 1:45 AM ET
Jones' blast ruled foul ball after replay
Rangers' homer taken off board after initial ruling overturned
By Kelly Thesier and Daniel Paulling / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Andruw Jones was a little surprised when his lofty fly to left field was called a home run. "Yeah, I know it was foul," he said. "I know I missed it. That's why I didn't even run." It was the first use of instant replay at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, coming in the fourth inning of Sunday's series finale. The Twins were ahead, 3-1, in a game the Rangers came back to win, 4-3, in 12 innings. On a 1-0 pitch from Twins starter Francisco Liriano, Jones hit a high fly ball down the left-field foul line that carried into the outfield seats. Third-base umpire Brian O'Nora originally ruled that it was a home run, and Jones started to round the bases -- which would have cut Minnesota's lead to one. But believing the ball was foul, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire ran out of the dugout to argue the call. The umpiring crew, including crew chief Gary Cederstrom, huddled on the field before three umpires headed into the visiting dugout to look at the play on replay. When the umpires emerged from the dugout 2 minutes, 20 seconds later, the home run call was overturned and Jones' shot was ruled a foul ball. "When he hit the ball, he got underneath it," manager Ron Washington said. "I could feel the wind gushing in my face." It was the second time that each club had been involved in a situation requiring instant replay. For the Twins, it was the first time instant replay had benefited them. Last year, Rays first baseman Carlos Pena hit a ball deep to right field at Tropicana Field on Sept. 19. The umpires originally awarded Pena a double, citing fan interference on the play. But after watching the replay, the call was overturned to a home run. The Rangers have now had both uses of instant replay go against them. Umpires ruled that Miguel Tejada hit a home run for the Astros and instant replay upheld the call on May 23 this season.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. Daniel Paulling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.