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Your blown call of the day

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The score: Baltimore 6, Tampa Bay 2. Bottom of the ninth, no outs, two men on for the Rays, Evan Longoria at the plate. Longoria launches what looks like a home run off the bat, but the ball bangs off the bottom of the wall for an easy double. So it'll be 6-3, no outs and the tying run at the plate. But wait ...

Trailing runner Ben Zobrist loitered near the bag, surely thinking that the ball might be caught, but he scurried along once he saw it rebound off the wall. Longoria was no doubt hot on Zobrist's trail, but he did not -- at least from this angle -- appear to overtake Zobrist at any point. Nonetheless, Longoria was called out for supposedly passing Zobrist on the basepath.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued, of course, but the call stood. To be sure, the Rays still would've been unlikely to win or tie the game, but their chances would've been much better had the call been made correctly and one of their three remaining outs not been taken from them. Instead, Shelley Duncan popped out, Yunel Escobar walked and then James Loney popped up to third to end it.

That's not your garden-variety botched call.

 
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