Replay overturns Kinsler's homer vs. Twins
Rangers' second baseman doubles after shot ruled foul ball
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had his possible second home run of the season in the fourth inning on Friday night.
Instead, he had to settle for a double -- and ended up scoring anyway. It's the second time this season the Twins have had a replay go in their favor at Target Field.
Kinsler, facing right-hander Kevin Slowey, smashed a fly ball down the left-field line, sailing past the foul pole. Third-base umpire Ted Barrett signaled fair and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was immediately on the field, arguing the ball hooked foul to the left of the foul pole.
Barrett conferred with the rest of the crew, including home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo and first-base crew chief Brian Gorman. They decided to check the replay, and came back with the ruling that the ball was foul.
"In all honesty, when I ran out there, I thought I saw it go between the wall and the pole, but I wasn't guaranteed either," Gardenhire said. "I couldn't tell if it ricocheted off, either. But everybody was kind of standing around, so I said what the [heck], I'll go out there and check it out. But I couldn't guarantee it, either. I asked [Twins catcher Joe] Mauer and those guys, they all said they thought it did. So you just ask them to check it, and that's why we've got that replay system."
Kinsler went back to the plate and lined the next pitch into the right-field corner for a double. He then stole third and scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero.
Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron also had a home run overturned by replay in the second game of the season at Target Field -- also on a long fly ball down the left-field line.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.