MLB Roundup: Blown call acknowledged, but result stands

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The Oakland Athletics were correct in their argument about a disputed home run call Wednesday, but it won't change the outcome of their loss to the Cleveland Indians.

That was the announcement Thursday by Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations.

The disputed call occurred in the ninth inning Wednesday, when umpires initially ruled that a ball hit by Oakland's Adam Rosales with two outs and the A's trailing 4-3 was a double, not a game-tying home run. Instant replay appeared to show the ball hit the railing above the left-field wall, which would have been a home run.

Umpire crew chief Angel Hernandez didn't reverse the call after watching video, which incensed A's manager Bob Melvin. Hernandez later told a pool reporter that there wasn't convincing evidence to overturn a call.

"By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief," Torre said in a statement. "It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.

Torre acknowledged that the wrong call was made.

---Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will be activated for Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He had been out since lacerating his right index finger April 14.

In his first season with the Indians, Bourn had gotten off to a nice start, with a .333 batting average and two home runs in his first 10 games, with seven runs scored.

---The Houston Astros released outfielder Rick Ankiel on Thursday.

Ankiel, 33, cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. He had five home runs, but was batting .194 with 35 strikeouts in only 62 at-bats.

---The Boston Red Sox moved right-hander Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, indicating that the pitcher might need elbow surgery.

Hanrahan, who started the season as the Red Sox's closer, was shut down Tuesday with a flexor-pronator strain in the forearm and bruising on the inside of his elbow.

---Minor-league pitcher Daniel Tuttle was handed a 100-game suspension on Thursday by Major League Baseball for a third violation of the drug policy.

Tuttle, a right-hander who is on the Class A Dayton roster in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, will begin serving the suspension immediately. No specifics were available regarding the type of violation other than MLB called it a "drug of abuse."
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