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Yanks Lose Game 2 – Girardi Ejected, Calls For Expanded Replay In MLB

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees is thrown out of the game by umpire Jeff Nelson out of the game in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Not that he’s blaming his team’s 0-2 hole in the ALCS on bad calls, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi says MLB should take advantage of available technology and expand the replay system in baseball.

Following Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Tigers, Girardi’s disappointment centered on a pair of calls the Yankee skipper thought could have been easily reviewed – even going so far as to say that it would have taken less time than his argument and subsequent ejection did.

He was tossed in the eighth inning Sunday on a missed pick-off play at second base. Television replays clearly show Robinson Cano tagged out Omar Infante before Infante got his hand back to the bag. However, he was called safe, and instead of ending the inning, Detroit went on to score twice and take a 3-0 lead.

“We played for 235 days to get to the this point and we’ve had two calls go against us,” Girardi said, adding that plays may not have had changed the outcome, but that he like his teams chances better if the calls had been made correctly.

The other tough call that Girardi was stomaching came in Game 1, as replays showed Cano beat a close play at first. He was called out, ending the inning with the bases loaded.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Umpire Jeff Nelson calls Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers safe as he dove back into second base against Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees in the top of the eighth inning during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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