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For the Birds: Buck a fan of instant replay

The Orioles lost Sunday to Tampa Bay in part because of a controversial home run, but in the end manager Buck Showalter said the umpires got it correct upon reviewing the play.

Turns out, Showalter said, the umps got it right when they determined Matt Joyce's line drive to right field in the sixth inning deflected off the bottom of the foul pole rather than the wall, which would have given Joyce a double.

Instead, Joyce rounded the bases for a solo shot and the Rays went on to win 3-1.

"I think you're going to see a lot more replay as we go forward in the game," Showalter said. "You're going to see more than just home runs reviewed. So, you know I'm all for it just getting it right. I think the umpires are too. They want to be right. More times than not, they are. I went out and argued twice [Saturday] night and I was wrong. I made sure I told them that today.

"That's why I try to have someone look at it that I know doesn't get too emotionally involved - sometimes players do - who tells me whether I'm right or not. Sometimes I'm pretty sure before I leave the dugout."

The bottoms of the foul poles at Camden Yards were painted black after last season just in case a situation like Sunday's ever occurred.

Which it did.

"I think every ballpark in the league has that for that reason, to get the call right," Showalter said. "You could get it right probably if it was yellow, but it makes it a lot easier. Above the wall and it hits the pole, it's a home run.

"I'd love to make more out of it than it is, but it is what it is. I've got my guys that report. I don't want to argue about something that I don't have a good argument about and lose credibility. You've got to make the decision whether you want to roll the dice for the home run. When [Rays manager Joe Maddon] got all the reports back from the people, I'm sure he felt real confident about what was going to get called. I've got a guy who lets me know if I have a good argument, so I knew once they went inside it was going to be a home run."

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