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Baseball notebook: Tatis keeps his homer

Umpires gather in New York to determine if Fernando Tatis’ home run for the Mets should stand.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Umpires gather in New York to determine if Fernando Tatis’ home run for the Mets should stand. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Umpires used video replay Wednesday to review a home run by the New York Mets’ Fernando Tatis, upholding his go-ahead shot against the Florida Marlins.

With the score tied at 2, Tatis led off the sixth inning and drove a 0-1 pitch from Josh Johnson to left field. A fan reached over the railing above the high fence in an attempt to catch the ball, which ricocheted back onto the field.

Second-base umpire Dale Scott signaled home run almost immediately, but Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue for fan interference. The umps huddled on the infield and then three of them disappeared under the third-base stands.

After a few minutes, they returned to the field and upheld the call. It was the first replay review at the Mets’ new ballpark, Citi Field.

Matsuzaka improves

Boston right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, sidelined earlier this month by a sore shoulder, threw 47 pain-free pitches and is set for another bullpen session this weekend.

“I have no discomfort when it comes to throwing the ball,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter.

Local angle

It was a negative day for players who were members of the 1999 Spokane Indians.

Oakland infielder Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury.

The Chicago White Sox placed Mike MacDougal on waivers after growing impatient with the hard-throwing right-hander reliever’s wildness and poor results.

Meanwhile, former Gonzaga University player Mike Redmond, a catcher with the Minnesota Twins, had an MRI exam on his sore right shoulder but kept his sense of humor.

“They found a Bud Light in there,” the veteran jokester said. “That’s a good thing. It’s amazing they found it. It’s a long neck.”

Clearing the bases

Cleveland designated hitter Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, an injury that limited him to 57 games last season. … Alex Rodriguez will play today in his first rehab game since March 9 hip labrum surgery, and he could rejoin the New York Yankees within 10 days. … Jack Lohrke, 85, an infielder in the 1940s and 1950s who drew the nickname “Lucky” after several early brushes with death, died at a hospital in San Jose, Calif., two days after having a stroke.

 
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