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Minnesota can't catch a break

Controversial non-strike call goes against Twins in 5-2 loss in ALDS Game 2

Updated: October 8, 2010, 12:58 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Baseball doesn't need instant replay. Baseball needs the umpires to get their calls right in the first place.

First, the umps miscalled a 3-2 checked swing in the Texas Rangers-Tampa Bay Rays game Thursday afternoon, extending the at-bat for a game-icing, three-run home run and quick managerial ejection. At least that was a close call, but almost the same thing happened Thursday evening in the New York Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt blew his ...

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