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Replay System Has Not Been Kind to Red Sox


So far this season the new video replay system has not been a friend to the Red Sox. They fell to 1-for-5 on replays this season, as they fell to the Rays, 2-1, in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader.

With the Sox trailing by a run with one out in the seventh and Dustin Pedroia on first base, David Ortiz banged a double off the wall in left-center. Pedroia was running all the way as third base coach Brian Butterfield waved him on. But the throw from Rays left fielder Matt Joyce to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher Jose Molina arrived at the plate at almost the same time as Pedroia, with Molina applying the tag.

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In a standard umpiring rotation, Bucknor went to third, with third base umpire Dan Iassogna going to the outfield to check on a potential play there, and first base umpire Toby Basner covering home.

Basnor was the ump who made the call at the plate – calling Pedroia out.

That brought Butterfield to the plate to argue the call as manager John Farrell sprinted from the dugout. The call was immediately challenged for review.

But after a delay of approximately 1minute and 52 seconds, the call on the field stood, leaving the Red Sox down, 2-1.