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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Power out, to Phillies' chagrin

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg discovered he didn't have the power to make an instant replay challenge Thursday in Clearwater, Fla.

Just not enough juice at Bright House Field, actually.

On the first day Major League Baseball's expanded replay system had a tryout at Philadelphia's spring training home, a power outage got in the way of the only contested call.

John Mayberry Jr. was thrown out at third base in the seventh inning trying to stretch a double. Sandberg wanted to challenge the ruling, but when third-base umpire Vic Carapazza was ready to go to replay, there were no television feeds available because of a momentary power outage at the ballpark.

"The power went out the pitch before," Sandberg said. "(Carapazza) was giving me an inkling that he missed it. He had no hesitation about checking it out. Get over there, and nobody has anything. He showed a little frustration with that."

It was a busy day for expanded replay throughout spring training.

In Tempe, Ariz., replay confirmed an umpire's call that Mike Trout was out at the plate while trying for an inside-the-park home run for the Los Angeles Angels.

Trout was called out at home by umpire Rob Drake in Thursday's game between the Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Trout hit a line drive that got past diving center fielder Yasiel Puig. The ball rolled to the wall and Puig threw to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who made the relay to catcher A.J. Ellis.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia initially appeared to argue with Drake, but quickly nodded his head and went to the other three umpires on the field for about a three-minute meeting.

The umpires went to the replay and 1 minute, 12 seconds later they upheld the call.

And in Phoenix, the Milwaukee Brewers were involved in a replay challenge for the first time this spring, and the review confirmed the umpire's call that their runner was safe.

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss questioned a call on a stolen base by Milwaukee's Logan Shafer in the sixth inning.

Shafer was ruled safe by second base umpire Jim Wolf. After a review of less than two minutes, the ruling on the field was upheld.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.