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Umpire expresses regret over mistake

Published May 25, 2013 9:16 pm

MLB notes • Seattle victimized by bad call at first base.
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Umpire Jeff Nelson expressed regret on Saturday for making an incorrect call a night earlier, saying it was a play he'd never seen in 25 years.

"That play, your focus goes to the bag, and you watch the foot touch the bag and listen for the ball hitting the mitt. In this case, I ruled the ball was caught by the first baseman, and the ball was actually caught by the pitcher," Nelson said before Saturday's game between the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

The play was another in a series of missed calls made by umpires this season that has helped increase the call for expanded replay in baseball.

This one came in the second inning of Texas' win Friday night and stymied a possible rally by the Mariners.

Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to Mitch Moreland at first, who threw down to second to get the lead runner. The relay from Elvis Andrus back to first was in time to get Sucre but the throw was caught by pitcher Justin Grimm running to cover and not Moreland, whose foot was on the bag. Nelson missed that it was Grimm who caught the throw and called Sucre out.

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