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Published March 7, 2014
UNDER REVIEW: In L.A., Kevin Baxter notes both the use of instant replay and MLB's new rule "preventing catchers from blocking the plate" came into play in Thursday's Angels-Dodgers Spring Training game. After Angels CF Mike Trout's "one-out line drive squirted under a diving" Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig and "rolled to the center-field wall, Trout tried to circle the bases, only to arrive back home at the same time the ball did." Umpire Gerry Davis "called Trout out, sparking an immediate protest" from Angels manager Mike Scioscia. While determining that the catcher was "inadvertently drawn into the runner by [Dodgers LF] Hanley Ramirez's throw from left field -- which is legal -- they also checked the tag, which got Trout before he touched the plate." Scioscia said, "Procedurally, we're hopefully starting to understand this replay a little bit more. As it was, I didn't use a challenge because of the crew chief's ability to look at a play at the plate." The "official time of the review was 72 seconds" (L.A. TIMES, 3/7). The AP reported a "power outage got in the way of the only contested call" during Thursday's Phillies-Yankees game. Phillies 1B John Mayberry Jr. was "thrown out at third base in the seventh inning trying to stretch a double." Phillies manager Ryne 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" (AP, 3/6).