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04/12/10 9:52 PM ET
Replay makes early debut at Target Field
Umpires correctly rule Cameron's fly ball was indeed foul
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- It took only four innings at Target Field on Monday afternoon for the new ballpark to get its first use of instant replay. In the top of the fifth inning of the Twins' eventual 5-2 victory, Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron lifted a drive down the left-field line that appeared to land just inches away from hitting the foul pole. Third-base umpire Kerwin Danley initially ruled the ball to be foul, although Cameron took a long look at the spot where his ball had landed. Red Sox manager Terry Francona came out on the field following the play and asked the umpires to check the video replay. Following a short delay of a couple minutes, the umpires came back out on the field and ruled that the call stood. On the replay, it appeared that the ball landed in a narrow gap between the foul pole and a section of limestone at the new park. "I couldn't tell, because it's just like a little five-inch gap over there," Cameron said of whether or not the ball was foul. "I guess the camera angle, when I went and looked at it, the camera angle was crazy. I thought it was going to go foul, but it was coming back. Then I started running, so I didn't get a good look at it. I guess they had a better angle. The angle that we saw was really far and distorted." Carl Pavano, who was pitching for the Twins at the time, said he believed the ball was foul and the replay confirmed it. "I saw it actually pretty good," Pavano said. "I ran over there to get a look at it and see if it was foul. They did what they had to do and got the replay." Cameron's ball landed in a section where it made it difficult to see where it landed since there is a small gap between the limestone wall and the foul pole. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked afterward if that spot might end up being one of the quirk's of the new ballpark. "I was talking with Mark [Wegner], one of the umpires, and he said it's honestly going to help," Gardenhire said. "That little gap, you can see it go back in there. I'm sure there is going to be some issues like every other ballpark. ... That's what makes it fun."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.