06/04/09 2:44 AM ET
O's, Mariners have homer call replayed
Huff's ball ruled foul after umpires consult video
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
In the top of the first inning of the Mariners' game against the Orioles, Baltimore first baseman Aubrey Huff hit a 2-0 pitch from Mariners lefty Jason Vargas into the stands by the right-field foul pole. First-base umpire Chris Guccione ruled it a fair ball, and baserunner Nick Markakis and Huff rounded the bases to give Baltimore an apparent 2-0 lead.
Soon after Huff touched home plate, however, the umpires conferred and quickly ruled it a foul ball. That got Baltimore manager Dave Trembley out of the dugout. He began arguing with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo, and within minutes, all four umpires left the field to check the video replay.
About two minutes later, the umpires re-emerged onto the field and ruled the home run foul once again.
The consultation of the video replay is the second at Safeco. On Sept. 24, 2008, a Vladimir Guerrero home run was ruled foul and Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked for a replay, which proved that the umpires had the call correct.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.