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Yanks miss scoring on tight pitch to Swisher

Yanks miss scoring on tight pitch to Swisher

NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher's pinstriped pants appeared to be brushed by an eighth-inning offering in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, but a hit-by-pitch was not called, costing the Yankees a run in their 10-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.


The play occurred while Swisher was batting with the bases loaded and one out against Rangers left-hander Darren Oliver, with New York trailing, 7-3. An 0-1 slider darted inside and spilled Swisher, who immediately tried to plead his case to home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Hernandez ruled the pitch a ball and Swisher quickly resumed his at-bat. Replays from some angles appeared to show the ball brushing Swisher's pants leg, which would make it a hit-by-pitch and force in a run.

"We looked at it," said crew chief Gerry Davis. "Obviously in Angel's judgment, the ball had not hit him. We looked at the replay, and even from different angles, it's inconclusive."

Swisher finished the at-bat by flying out to center field, and the Yankees did not score in the inning. Swisher did not speak to reporters before leaving Yankee Stadium.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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