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One pitch after overrule, Harvey goes deep

4/29/2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ken Harvey's first trip around the bases
turned out to be a foul ball. He did it for real after the next
pitch.

Harvey's three-run homer in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and
the Kansas City Royals went on to a 5-3 victory over the Texas
Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Royals first baseman hit Kenny Rogers' first pitch down the
left-field line for what third-base umpire Tim Welke ruled was a
three-run homer. Rangers manager Buck Showalter argued the call and
the umpires huddled and overruled Welke's call, changing it to a
foul ball. Television replays indicated the ball was foul.

"It was foul," Harvey said. "I honestly didn't think it was a
home run and was getting down."

Welke, the crew chief, said the ball was extremely close to the
pole.

"I thought it was fair, but sometimes being on the line, you
don't have the right depth perception, so I wasn't sure," he said.
"So in a situation like that, we get together as a group.

"All four of us got together, the other three said it was
absolutely a foul ball, so the goal was to get it right. After
looking at the replays, it was really, really close. We were able
to see it and we got it right and we're out there to get them
right. He had to circle the bases twice, which was kind of
unbelievable."

Royals manager Tony Pena came out to argue after the call was
reversed and that gave Harvey a chance to compose himself.

"I'm a big guy," Harvey said. "I needed time to catch my
breath. I had run around the bases. I was tired."

Harvey sent Rogers' next pitch into the Rangers' bullpen beyond
the left-field fence. He went 3-for-4 and raised his batting
average to .421, second in the AL.

"I threw him a different pitch, but a worse one," Rogers said.
"It was about as bad a pitch that I could have thrown. I think I
could have hit it out.

"I didn't make many mistakes, but that was one of them. It was
terrible location. I'd love to have that pitch back."

Did Harvey believe he could hit another one over the fence after
having the first one taken away?

"If I felt like that, I'd be Barry Bonds," he said.

Jimmy Gobble (1-0) was the winner despite having to leave with
one out in the sixth because of muscle cramps. He allowed two runs
and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"It started cramping in my left hamstring and moved to my right
hamstring," Gobble said. "Then it moved to my forearms and my
sides. I had to get in the cold tub with ice.

"That's never happened to me before. I always drink a lot of
water and fluids. I don't know what happened. We had a long inning
and I knew my body was going to cramp up. Kenny was pitching a good
game. He was having quick innings and I was having long innings."

Gobble said he should not miss a start.

Mike MacDougal got three outs for his first save in his first
appearance this year after being sidelined since spring training
with a stomach virus.

Rogers (3-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Royals got an insurance run in the eighth when Benito
Santiago singled home Harvey. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double in
ninth for Texas.

Gobble became the third Royals pitcher in five games to leave
with an injury. Darrell May left his start Saturday in the sixth
with a strained left groin, and Kevin Appier departed in the second
inning Friday with a strained right forearm. Appier will be out
four to six weeks.

Herbert's two-out triple in the first gave the Rangers a 1-0
lead.

Kansas City tied it in the fifth on Tony Graffanino's RBI
single. One out later, Mike Sweeney singled to put runners on first
and second, and Harvey followed with his three-run homer.

Eric Young opened the sixth for the Rangers with a double, stole
third and scored on Kevin Mench's single off Jason Grimsley, who
replaced Gobble.

The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but
Michael Young grounded into a double play.

Texas stranded nine runners, including five at third base, over
the first six innings.

Mendy Lopez, who hit into a double play to end the game Tuesday
with the bases loaded, grounded into a double play with the bases
loaded to end the Royals' fourth. The Royals are 1-for-13,
including 0-for-4 in the first two games of this series, with the
bases loaded and less than two outs this season.

Game notes
Royals SS Angel Berroa, last year's AL Rookie of the Year
who is on the DL after having a spinal tap for migraine headaches,
went 1-for-5 with an RBI and stolen base Wednesday in his first
injury rehab game with the Royals' Double-A affiliate in Wichita.
If Berroa has no problems, he'll rejoin the club Friday in New
York. ... Graffanino had three hits, extending his hitting streak
to nine games, one shy of his career high set in 1999. ... Rangers
reliever Doug Brocail made his first major league appearance since
Sept. 11, 2000. He had been set back by operations on his elbow in
recent years.