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Twins, Yanks lose challenges on calls at first base

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NEW YORK -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire lost a challenge in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Yankees.

With Aaron Hicks at first base and nobody out, Brian Dozier hit a line drive to second baseman Brian Roberts, who was able to knock the ball down and throw to first on a close play that was ruled an out by first-base umpire David Rackley.

Gardenhire went out to challenge the play, but after a review, it was ruled the call on the field would stand and Dozier was ruled out. Hicks, though, later scored on a two-out RBI single from Trevor Plouffe to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead.

Gardenhire has now challenged 13 plays and has had five calls overturned this year.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi also lost a challenge in the eighth inning on another close play at first base that involved Brett Gardner. Gardner hit a slow roller to first baseman Joe Mauer, who flipped the ball to right-hander Phil Hughes as Gardner slid headfirst into the bag. Gardner was called out to end the inning.

But Girardi challenged the play, and after a review that lasted more than two minutes, the ruling was that the call on the field would stand.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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