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2008 _ Baseball’s first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Third-base umpire Brian Runge signaled a home run after A-Rod’s towering, two-run shot off Troy Percival caromed off the catwalk behind the foul pole in left field. Rays catcher Dioner Navarro protested the call, bringing manager Joe Maddon out of the dugout. The umpires convened before leaving the field to check the replay on a monitor not far from the field. It took 2 minutes, 15 seconds to uphold the homer that gave the Yankees an 8-3 lead.

2009 _ Jorge Posada hit his 20th homer of the season and drove in four runs to help New York beat Toronto 7-5. Posada’s homer gave New York a major league-leading seven players with at least 20 _ the first time the Yankees have done that in team history. The seven 20-homer players matched a major league record set three times previously.

Today’s birthday: Matt Capps 28.

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