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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 20 September 2008 10:23

Carlos PenaIn its third use of instant replay in Major League Baseball, the system was used for the first time to overturn a call in last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field.

The play in question involved the Rays’ Carlos Pena, and a call that changed from two-run double on fan interference to a three-run homer.

The hit by Pena off of Boof Bonser looked to be touched by a fan before bounding off the top of the fence and out of the park. At that point, first base umpire Mike DiMuro called fan interference. As reported by The AP:

The umpires huddled immediately and decided to look at the video for the third test of the system since Aug. 28, when baseball allowed umpires to use it determine boundary calls.


"We saw two angles,'' crew chief Gerry Davis said. "The first one was inconclusive. The second one was the one that showed it.''

The reversal marks the second historic use of the instant replay system at Tropicana Field. The ballpark has the distinction of having the very first use of the system when an Alex Rodriguez home run was upheld on September 3rd.

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