Coach interference call ends Rangers' rally
September, 5, 2010
On a day when the Rangers got some bad injury news about two of their best players, a ninth-inning rally came to an abrupt end when Michael Young was called out for coach's interference for the last out of the Twins' 6-5 victory.
The Rangers entered the ninth inning trailing 6-2 before coming to life. They pulled within two runs and loaded the bases when Vladimir Guerrero hit an infield single up the middle that was fielded by second baseman Orlando Hudson.
AP Photo/Paul BattagliaRangers manager Ron Washington had two hits while playing in the Twins' Legends Game.
Young had rounded third before diving back to the base in front of Hudson's throw. But the umpire ruled that Young had made contact with third-base coach Dave Anderson while putting on the brakes and immediately called Young out.
Manager Ron Washington argued the call to no avail, and both Young and Anderson denied making contact. Television replays were inconclusive.
* Before the game, Josh Hamilton said that he felt "like I have been in a car wreck" after running into the center-field wall Saturday to make a catch. He compared the rib injury to one that sidelined him for 13 games last year. It's uncertain how much time he'll miss, although he won't play in Toronto on Monday.
* Cliff Lee (back) threw in the bullpen Sunday but the Rangers announced that he won't make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Scott Feldman, who has been on the disabled list with a bruised knee, will return and start in Lee's place.
* The Rangers lost a game started by C.J. Wilson for the first time since Baltimore beat him July 11. Until Sunday, Wilson was 7-0 in his previous nine starts, all Rangers victories. Wilson gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
* Washington, who spent six of his 10 major league seasons in Minnesota, participated in the Legends Game at Target Field before Sunday's game. An MLB.com report documented Washington's performance:
He hit two singles to the delight of his players who gathered along the railing in the visiting dugout to watch and there were also plenty of laughs from that same group when Washington wasn't able to make a running catch in center field.