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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Umpires in Cleveland blow game-tying home run call

05.09.13 at 8:01 am ET

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‘™¦ The umpires in Cleveland are coming under fire after missing a home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning of the Athletics’ 4-3 loss to the Indians. Oakland’s Adam Rosales struck a ball that hit off the railing a few feet above the left-field wall, but somehow the umpires could not see it when they went to watch the replay.

“Probably the only four people in the ballpark,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected for arguing after the botched call.

“Our whole team thought it was the wrong call,” Rosales said. “The replays showed it hit the railing. With six eyes on it [the three umps that went to review it], you would have thought they’d make the right call.”

Second-base umpire Angel Hernandez insisted the review did not offer anything conclusive.

“It wasn’t evident on the TV we had it was a home run,” Hernandez told a pool reporter. “I don’t know what kind of replay you had, but you can’t reverse a call unless there is 100 percent evidence and there wasn’t 100 percent evidence.”

‘™¦ Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman took his involvement in U.S.-North Korea relations to a new level Wednesday, as he tweeted to his friend, Kim Jong Un, asking him to release Korean-American Kenneth Bae. The 44-year-old Bae, a tour operator who was in North Korea with some Chinese businessmen, was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor for undisclosed “hostile acts” against the country.

Rodman, who visited with the basketball-loving Kim in February, explained that he was responding to a challenge from the Seattle Times to prove his friendship with Kim by intervening in this dispute.

‘™¦ A 28-year-old woman died Tuesday after choking on a hot dog at a Cubs game two days earlier. Maureen Oleskiewicz, an Illinois junior high school teacher, was at Wrigley Field on Sunday when she collapsed and was taken out in an ambulance.

“They were watching the action on the field, sitting next to each other, and all of a sudden [younger brother] Martin said she was on the floor,” Oleskiewicz’ mother explained. “And he said, ‘€˜What are you doing? Get up!’€™ And she was totally out of it. She had no pulse.”

The family kept her alive until Tuesday so that her organs could be donated.

“The Chicago Cubs are saddened to hear news of the untimely death of Maureen Oleskiewicz,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “We express our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 9, 1989, which Red Sox catcher dropped a foul popup, ending his major league-record errorless streak of 159 games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He might be underrated to you guys, but he’s not underrated in this dressing room. Especially for me, I’ve had the opportunity to play with him for the last four years as linemates with him, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.” Milan Lucic, on David Krejci after Krejci’s hat trick led the Bruins to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs in Wednesday night’s Game 4

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 — Total runs scored in the first two innings of Wednesday night’s Red Sox-Twins game, a 15-8 Minnesota victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bulls forwards Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson are ejected from Wednesday night’s Game 2 loss to the Heat for arguing with referee Scott Foster.

While watching a Rockies game from a luxury box, Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin gets a pie to the face from teammate Eric Decker as he’s giving an interview.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Dave Prater, half of Sam & Dave, was born on this day in 1937. He’s the one with the deeper voice.

Read More: Bob Melvin, Dennis Rodman, Kenneth Bae, Kim Jong Un