Oakland's Coco Crisp tracked Robinson Cano's drive to right-center. He seemed ready to make the catch -- until he got caught between deciding whether to jump or stay on his feet and the ball bounced off his glove.

Cano easily got into second base as Curtis Granderson came around to score. Chuck Dybdal, the official scorer at Oakland's O.co Coliseum, ruled it a two-base error.

To many at the ballpark, the call seemed routine. But the Yankees were bewildered. They filed an appeal with Major League Baseball the following day to give Cano an RBI double. And their wish was quickly granted by MLB executive vice president Joe Torre, a pattern that is being repeated much more frequently under a streamlined appeals process for official scoring calls.

"You can see it and then you can appeal," Cano said. "It's a good thing you can appeal, because sometimes those things, maybe can be the one that -- you can hit 2,000 hits. Maybe a double, you can hit 500 doubles. Or the RBI -- you can get 1,000 RBIs. Who knows? You know how hard it is to get a hit or double in this game?"

Don't forget how hard it is to pitch. The Mets took a shot at getting R.A. Dickey's one-hit gem in Tampa Bay on Wednesday belatedly changed from a one-hitter to a no-hitter. But they lost the appeal.

"We took advantage of the process," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You can do it, so we gave it a shot . . . Just gave it a try. If we had won it, we've got another no-hitter."

Both cases have their roots in player complaints about official scoring during last year's collective bargaining talks, leading to a new appeals process and an effort by MLB to try and bring more consistency to official scoring decisions from city to city and scorer to scorer.

Team officials are not supposed to "initiate communication" with scorers and MLB will punish people who "intimidate, influence or pressure" scorers into changing calls.

Instead, a player or team can appeal any call within 24 hours after it is made. While baseball will not release numbers on how many appeals there have been this year, scorers, teams and players say it is up considerably from last year when 12 of 58 plays appealed under the old system were overturned.

"It's a good thing because it's less of a distraction as the game goes on and there's a call that, at face value, you say, 'That's a hit or that's an error,' " Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's a process in place where you ask the league to take a look. It's one less distraction that can happen in the dugout, where guys are saying, 'Are you [kidding] me?' "

After a successful appeal, the call and corresponding statistics are changed with no fanfare.

The streamlined appeals process is just one change in how baseball is handling official scorers this season. MLB also brought at least one scorer from every city to New York this offseason to help achieve consistency. Scorers looked at tapes of last year's appealed and overturned calls and had breakout sessions addressing press box announcements, how to deal with a ball getting lost in the sun or lights, sacrifice bunts and defensive indifference.

One of the most specific sessions was led by Tampa Bay scorer Bill Mathews. He gave scorers clues on what to look for in terms of how hard a ball is hit, the angle a player takes and a fielder's position when a ball is caught.

"There's still human judgment," he said. "Scoring is about judgment, feel and knowledge of the game. It's about making tough decisions under pressure at the right time. That's what makes it fun. I'd say 94 percent of plays are a piece of cake. That 6 percent are what you take home and lose sleep over because you just want to get it right."

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