The baseball gods have a way of evening things out. Back in May, the Oakland A's were on the wrong side of a blown call by umpire Angel Hernandez when what should've been a game-tying home run by Adam Rosales was ruled a ground-rule double instead. Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected and the A's went on to lose that game to the Cleveland Indians 4-3. Wednesday night, a controversial ruling went in the A's favor and it was Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire getting the boot.
In the middle of what turned out to be a 10-run fourth inning for Oakland at Target Field, jed Lowrie laced a line drive down the right-field line that was initially called a foul ball by first base umpire Bill Miller, who had to dart of the way of the ball. Lowrie contended the ball was fair and Melvin came out to argue as well. The umpires conferred and the A's shortstop was eventually awarded a two-run double — which prompted Gardenhire's ejection. While the longtime Twins skipper didn't want to talk about it after the game, Lowrie empathized with Miller. "Bottom line is that's an impossible call for Bill," Lowrie said. "His natural reaction is to get out of the way. They told me they just want to get the calls right, and they did." Oakland eventually won 18-3.
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Moving to NFL news, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez reportedly has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. If he elects to have surgery, the fifth-year pro would miss the entire 2013 season.