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A-Rod still not sure on Reyes tag

By far the biggest play of Friday night's 5-1 Yankees' victory took place in the seventh inning. The Yankees led just 3-1 but the Mets were putting something together as Jose Reyes started the inning with a single.

Justin Turner sent a fly to center and Curtis Granderson made the catch. Reyes tagged and went into second, then took off for third when Eduardo Nunez didn't handle cleanly Granderson's throw from the outfield. Nunez fired the ball to third where Alex Rodriguez applied the tag to Reyes. Plate umpire Jerry Layne called Reyes out, sparking an argument from Reyes, third base coach Chip Hale and Mets manager Terry Collins, who was in short order ejected by Layne.

"I thought I just touched a little bit his sleeve," A-Rod said. "I saw the replay three or four times and even then I'm not sure." 

He called the play "a huge out" and "big momentum changer." 

Layne gave his version (sort of) to a pool reporter.

"It was a close play at third base and I'm not going to comment about the ejection," Layne said. "I had him tagging him, you know, on the side by the belt-buttocks area for an out."

That is believed to be the first usage of the phrase "belt-buttocks area" in a postgame interview.

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