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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Tim Welke
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon signed the lineup card for Joe Nathan's 300th career save and gave it to the Texas Rangers closer.
By no means is this an attempt to pick on Tim Welke. He suffered enough in 1998, when a Sports Illustrated cover featured his photo and an incendiary headline: "Kill the Umps! Missed calls and skewed strike zones are marring the postseason."
Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers were again halted by rain.
Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers were delayed by rain in the opener of a playoff series again _ twice.
After Tom Gorzelanny spun around and watched Corey Hart take the fifth pitch of the night for an estimated 430-foot ride off the back of the center-field batters eye, he turned, faced home plate umpire Tim Welke and asked for a new ball.
Michael Young hit a three-run homer after a disputed check-swing, helping C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Thursday for a 2-0 lead in their AL division series.
"I've had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more," he told the Associated Press last week.
"An essential part of the baseball drama is the human element," he wrote. "An umpire is part of that. I perceive the play, apply the rules and make the decision, all in real time. Under these circumstances, questionable calls sometimes happen, just like rainouts and brawls."