Notes: MLB didn't have proper angle on replay

Notes: MLB didn't have proper angle on replay
April 13, 2014, 7:45 pm
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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball acknowledged to the Red Sox that it didn't have the proper angle -- or at least, didn't have it in time -- to overturn a botched call in the eighth inning of Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Infielder Dean Anna clearly had his foot off the bag after a double to right and was tagged by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. But even with the use of the instant replay system, the call stood.

"I've seen the statement that they've released,'' said Farrell. "It's unfortunate, because at field level, you've got two points -- one in which our replay was conclusive that he was off the bag and the other point is the (original) safe call. In between, there's a lot of questions that come up and really challenges the validity of the process that's being used.''

The NESN feed of the game showed Anna being tagged, as did the YES Network feed in New York, both of which are available in the MLB Video Room in lower Manhattan.

Asked how the officials could see what fans at home clearly saw, Farrell was without an explanation.

"Great question,'' he said, "and I don't have the answer. There's no way I could have the answer, why that was not determined at the time. The reason being is they didn't see it or they didn't have it. That's what leaves you scratching your head.''

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Shane Victorino (hamstring) will be re-examined by the Red Sox medical staff Monday and as long as there are no setbacks, would begin a rehab assignment at Double A Portland Tuesday.

Given that Victorino has stated that he doesn't want to spend much time playing himself into baseball shape in the minors, it would hardly be surprising if he were to be activated Friday when the Sox begin a homestand with Baltimore.

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Meanwhile, third baseman Will Middlebrooks (quad) will remain with the team  through their trip to Chicago, increasing baseball activities.

"He's progressing as we hoped,'' said Farrell.