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1st look with expanded MLB replay: The call stands

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — 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 Minnesota 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 Toronto-Twins 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 shortstop 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: "OK. That's what it's for."

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