NEW YORK ——The Orioles were still talking Wednesday morning about Francisco Cervelli's disputed home run, which broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning of the Yankees' ridiculously rain-delayed 5-3 victory the night before at Yankee Stadium.
The play had Jeffrey Maier overtones, with a fan reaching over the fence to interfere with the ball and the umpires calling it a home run. This time, however, they were able to review the play before confirming the call, though that didn't really end the controversy.
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Left fielder Matt Angle was trying to catch the ball, but said he couldn't tell whether it would have made it over the fence. He struggled with two towering fly balls by Cervelli in the monsoon-like conditions, dropping the first one for a run-scoring error, but wouldn't blame the weather for his problems on the soggy warning track.
"Those are conditions everyone has played in at some point before," he said. "I just misplayed those balls. There's no other way around it. [Brett] Gardner was in the same situation out in left field and he made the plays, so there's no excuse there. You know, in those situations, you have to deal with the elements."
Center fielder Adam Jones probably had the best angle on the play. He couldn't be sure if the ball would have gotten out or not, but he was convinced that the fan reached over into the field of play to interfere with the ball.
"I can't say whether it would have gone out," he said, "but I know the rules. That should have been called a double. The same thing happened in Florida [on the controversial interference call that went against Hunter Pence and the Phillies on Sunday]. That should have been called a double, too, but they called it an out. No way you could assume that ball would have been caught."
New York Yankees president Randy Levine put out a statement Wednesday morning explaining why the team decided to wait four hours to start Tuesday night's game instead of postponing it and trying to play it as part of a day/night doubleheader Wednesday.
"The decision to play Tuesday night's game vs. Baltimore was a collaborative effort between Major League Baseball and the Yankees. Every possible effort was made to play the game because there was no suitable alternative dates on which to play a rescheduled game given the poor weather forecast for Wednesday.
"We certainly recognize the inconvenience to our fans and have invited them back to enjoy a future game at Yankee Stadium."
The Yankees announced during the game that all tickets bought for Tuesday night — whether used or not — may be exchanged for a Grandstand level or Terrace level seat for a non-prime game next year. That might not satisfy someone who paid big money for a choice seat, but it's more than the Yankees were required to do under MLB's rainout regulations.
Third baseman Chris Davis struck out five times in Wednesday's extra-inning game against the Yankees, setting a career high and accomplishing a dubious feat that hasn't been done in an Orioles uniform since Chris Hoiles did it in a 12-inning game on June 14, 1997.
The last time it was done in a nine-inning game, Phil Bradley did it on the same date as Davis -- Sept. 7, back during the "Why Not?" season of 1989. The record is six in an extra-inning game, set by Sam Horn on July 17, 1991.
Davis took the heat off teammate Mark Reynolds, who struck out four times for the 15th time in his major league career.
Around the horn
Showalter is still wavering on Saturday's starter in Toronto. It will be either Jo-Jo Reyes or Rick Vandenhurk. When Matt Angle stole second base in the 11th inning, it was the 14th straight successful steal attempt for the Orioles and the 10th on the current road trip. Thirteen of the 14 have come against the Yankees.
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