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Umpire admits bad call that ends Rays’ rally vs. Rangers

04.09.13 at 7:47 am ET

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‘™¦ The Rays’ ninth-inning rally against the Rangers ended Monday night when umpire Marty Foster called out Ben Zobrist on a full-count pitch that was well outside the strike zone, and the umpire later admitted that he blew the call.

The Rays had scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth and had the tying run on first base, but Texas reliever Joe Nathan got a friendly call to end the game at 5-4.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued immediately and later told reporters: “It just can’t happen in a Major League Baseball game.”

Foster acknowledged his mistake.

“I saw the pitch and of course don’t have the chance to do it again,” he told a pool reporter. “But had I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn’t call that pitch a strike.”

Said Zobrist: “Umpires make mistakes just like players do. It was a tough time to have a bad call.”

‘™¦ When Metta World Peace had surgery to repair a torn meniscus 12 days ago, he was expected to be sidelined for six weeks. However, the Lakers forward said he plans to return for Tuesday night’s game against the Hornets.

“It’s not how sure I’m playing [Tuesday] night,” he said. “It’s how sure I was playing three days ago. I was ready to play.”

World Peace explained that the swelling that normally accompanies meniscus surgery did not exist in his case, allowing him to return much earlier.

“He’s good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday after World Peace participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice. “It’s probably a game-time decision, but he looks good. He’s raring to go. The medical staff will make a decision [Tuesday]. It’s unbelievable. He’s different. ‘€¦ I’ve never seen this before.”

With five games to play, the Lakers are battling for the final playoff spot in the West.

“We’ve got a chance to make a push for this championship run,” World Peace said. “We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we all need each other to make a run at this thing.”

‘™¦ Flyers minor leaguer Eric Wellwood was recovering Monday after undergoing surgery Sunday night to repair tendons he cut during the Philadelphia Phantoms’ Sunday game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut.

The 23-year-old Wellwood, who has played 31 games for the Flyers over the past three seasons, apparently clipped himself with his own skate after falling into the boards. He is believed to have severed an artery, as his skate filled with blood.

“I don’t think anyone really saw it,” Phantoms coach Terry Murray said. “It was away from the play. In conversation, everyone figures it was an accident that happened to himself. The play was already in the offensive zone and this happened in the neutral zone, so we’re not sure exactly what took place.”

Trainer Greg Lowden rushed onto the ice — not even waiting for play to be stopped and causing a Phantoms goal to be disallowed — and helped Wellwood to the locker room. Wellwood underwent surgery at a Bridgeport-area hospital to repair vascular damage, stop the bleeding and close the wound. He is scheduled for another surgery later this week in the Philadelphia area. to repair damage to the tendons and ligaments.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 9, 1982, the Celtics retired jersey No. 10 in honor of which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We might spend all day tomorrow crying as a team, holding each other’s hands, spend all day walking through the Prudential Center crying.” Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, sarcastically answering a question about the O’s state of mind after Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Red Sox dropped Baltimore to 3-4

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Consecutive home openers won by the Red Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s the “One Shining Moment” video that aired after Monday night’s NCAA championship game.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Carl Perkins was born on this day in 1932.

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