|Umpire Joe West explains his ruling to Rays manager|
Joe Maddon as crew-mates Rob Drake (L), Sam Holbrook
(facing camera) & Andy Fletcher look on.
Initially ruled a home run by
The Rays eventually won the contest, 8-6, while Longoria nonetheless scored later that inning. The first official use of instant replay occurred in Tampa Bay on Sept. 3, 2008, when Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez's home run off reliever Troy Percival was reviewed and confirmed. 16 days later—on Sept. 19, 2008—the Rays played host to the first overturned call as a result of instant replay when an on-field decision of fan interference was overturned to a home run.
Video 1: Evan Longoria's reviewed home run (overturned to spectator interference, a double)
Meanwhile in Detroit, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate with two out and none on in the bottom of the fifth, connecting on an 87-mph offering from Red Sox starter Josh Beckett and driving the ball deep to left-center field.
Before instant replay was invoked by crew chief Dale Scott, 2B Umpire CB Bucknor had ruled the play a rules book double under the auspices of OBR Rule 6.09(f):
Any fair ball which, either before or after touching the ground, passes through or under a fence, or through or under a scoreboard, or through any opening in the fence or scoreboard, or through or under shrubbery, or vines on the fence, or which sticks in a fence or scoreboard, in which case the batter and the runners shall be entitled to two bases.Replays indicate the ball never passed through or under a fence; it cleared the wall on the fly and Scott properly overturned the call to that of a home run.
Cabrera's awarded HR was one of five home runs hit by the Tigers on Saturday (Prince Fielder, 2; Cabrera, 2; Alex Avila, 1), the most home runs ever surrendered by Beckett in his first start of any MLB season: the Boston hurler last allowed five runs on Aug. 23, 2009. The Tigers eventually won the contest, 10-0.
Video 2: Miguel Cabrera's reviewed double (overturned to a home run)