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MLB uses expanded replay for first time, call confirmed

First MLB Replay Unsuccessful

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Major League Baseball's use of expanded replay drew a workout in Monday's opener between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, with one call being upheld and another overturned.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria asked umpires to take another look after Jeff Samardzija was called out at first base in the fifth inning Monday at PNC Park. The call was confirmed on replay after a 2-minute delay. That marked the first used of expanded replay in regular season play.

Umpires went to replay again in the 10th inning of a scoreless game, with the original safe call on an attempted pickoff play at first by Pittsburgh reliever Bryan Morris overturned after a 2 1-2-minute stoppage.

Most calls can be challenged this season under MLB's new replay format. The system was tested in spring training and managers didn't waste much time putting it to use on opening day.

Samardzija was batting with runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth when the Cubs pitcher attempted to move the runners up on a sacrifice bunt. The bunt rolled quickly back to Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano, who threw to third for one out, with third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throw to first appearing to beat Samardzija by a hair.

The call on the field was confirmed, with the packed house roaring its approval when home plate umpire John Hirschbeck signaled the call.

Chicago's Emilio Bonifacio singled with one out in the 10th when he dived back to first during a pickoff attempt by Morris. First base umpire Bob Davidson initially called Bonifacio safe. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout moments later to challenge the call, with Hirschbeck signaling the runner was out.

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shepfbm March 31 2014 at 9:22 PM

I want to see a manager kick dirt on the robot

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hrdbal51 March 31 2014 at 8:34 PM

this may make the game more accountable for umpires that screw up all the time and effect the games outcome. Let's get it right and may the better team win.

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Jim March 31 2014 at 9:57 PM

It's just BS, isn'tit. As a former sports official, I know, and the fans know, I'm not going to get every play right, especially eye-blink calls on the bases. No referee or umpire ever calls a perfect game, never have never will. Once in a while a blown call will alter the outcome of a game, but that's life. Officiating at the professional level is so consistently good, I say ban the reply and live with the mistakes. They did for over a hundred years and the world didn't stop, so why start now.....And the games are planty long enough now as it is, with TV time-outs, why subject the fans to all those extra wasted minutes deciding something that, in the past, was just part of the game.

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ewalter899 Jim March 31 2014 at 10:25 PM

It's all about the gambling.......

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usonlymale March 31 2014 at 8:29 PM

The boys of summer are back !!! Play ball !!!

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Randy March 31 2014 at 9:17 PM

tie goes to runner

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LewTag March 31 2014 at 8:23 PM

I think he was safe...

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janakfam1 March 31 2014 at 8:01 PM

This is really great now the Cubs lead the lead in loosing replay calls!

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etherweem March 31 2014 at 7:53 PM

How absolutely true to form for my Cubs. 0 and 2 before the first game is over. Another long season?

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Jorge March 31 2014 at 9:04 PM

About time!!

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tet5618 March 31 2014 at 9:29 PM

cubs on wrong side of calls again.

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