Out call at first stands as Twins lose challenge
Dozier attempts to reach on leadoff bunt in eighth inning against Tigers
DETROIT -- Looking to spark a rally in a tie game on Sunday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire challenged first-base umpire Manny Gonzalez's call that Brian Dozier was out diving into first base on a drag bunt to lead off the eighth inning.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded the bunt and flipped it to pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who tapped the bag ahead of Dozier's slide. After a review of 2 minutes, 15 seconds, it was ruled that the call stands. Detroit eventually won, 4-3, on a walk-off sacrifice fly.
"I thought he was safe," Gardenhire said after the game. "I know it's inconclusive, but the foot and the hand were all together.
"I think the reason they don't change something like that is that it's so bang-bang close. Ultimately, it comes down to their decision."
It was a seemingly risky decision for Dozier to slide as Sunday was his first game back in the starting lineup after injuring his back in Toronto earlier in the week. But Gardenhire said he was comfortable with the head-first slide, even with any lingering soreness in Dozier's back.
"If he feels like he can dive in, that's fine," Gardenhire said.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.