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Rays Manager Calls Umpiring "Terrible" And "Embarrassing"

Rays manager Kevin Cash went off on the umpires and the replay crew after Seattle’s wild 7-6 win yesterday, blasting them for two controversial calls that both went against Tampa.

In the first, catcher Rene Rivera appeared to block the plate and tag out Seth Smith.

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The runner was ruled safe on the field, and after a lengthy replay review, the call stood. Cash was displeased.

Noting he had no recourse “other than just to tell them how bad they stink,’’ Cash made clear how much he disagreed with the call.

“Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,’’ he said. “We spend so much time on pace of play, let’s just the damn call right on the field. It’s terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight.’’

Cash also took issue with a seventh-inning Rays double that was initially ruled a foul ball. The umpires chose to place the runner on first at third, rather than award him home. The Mariners ultimate won on Kyle Seager’s 10th-inning solo shot, his sixth RBI of the game.

[Tampa Bay Times]

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