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First review with expanded replay supports ump’s call

The first play reviewed under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system led to the umpire’s ruling on the field being confirmed after a wait of 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Standing at first base, Chris Rahl realized he probably was destined to become the answer to a trivia question.

“It’s kind of funny. I was thinking, ‘Is this the first one?’ ” the Minnesota Twins runner said Monday.

Indeed it was — the first call to be reviewed under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system.

MLB’s use of replay this year extends beyond potential home runs and boundary calls. For this Toronto-Twins exhibition game, the replay booth was a satellite truck outside the ballpark.

In the sixth inning, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used his challenge. He asked umpires for a review after Rahl was called safe when a throw pulled first baseman Jared Goedert off the 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.”

Umpire Brian O’Nora watched the replays. After a wait of 2 minutes, 34 seconds, Culbreth’s call was confirmed.

Fox hires Reynolds

NEW YORK – Former Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will join play-by-play man Joe Buck in the announcers’ booth for Fox’s MLB coverage.

Tim McCarver retired after the World Series as Fox’s top color commentator.

Reynolds, 53, has been a studio analyst for MLB Network since its 2009 launch and will remain in that role.

Verducci, who will continue to write for Sports Illustrated, and Reynolds worked together at MLB Network.


• Ex-Washington Huskies standout Tim Lincecum had a solid spring debut for San Francisco, giving up a hit, walking one and striking out one in two scoreless innings of the Giants’ 7-2 loss to San Diego in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jhonny Peralta homered twice against his former team, leading St. Louis to an 8-5 victory over Detroit in Lakeland, Fla.

• Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, a two-time NL Cy Young winner, has given up eight earned runs in four innings this spring and has an 0-2 record.

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