In a first for the replay era, two calls were challenged on the same play and both went the Washington Nationals way Sunday afternoon. Replay showed that Alex Rios was confirmed out at second base before Elvis Andrus could cross home plate in a double-steal attempt by the Texas Rangers in the top of the first inning. Nats manager Matt Williams had challenged the call on the field that Andrus had scored before Rios had come off the bag and was tagged by Washington's Danny Espinosa. Rangers manager Ron Washington challenged that Rios had come off the bag.
Williams won his challenge, Washington lost his, and the Rangers got no runs. MLB says it's the first time both managers made a challenge on the same play. The process sounds messy, but umpires cleared it up in 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Not bad?
Washington said he might have been hasty in challenging a play like that in the first inning.
''I might have reacted too soon,'' Washington acknowledged. ''I should have waited until the first inning was over and I would have had my challenge. I was just trying to protect myself.''
On a play like that, with activity in two different spots on the field simultaneously, the umpires probably should have initiated a review without either manager having to use a challenge. If there's anything to be learned from this replay review, that's what it is.
Eventually the Rangers got on the board and, behind Yu Darvish and his 59 mph curveball, beat the Nationals 2-0.
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