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Golson: I caught that ball

MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball almost had another huge umpire controversy on its hands.

Yankees rightfielder Greg Golson made a shoe-string catch for what should have been the final out of the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Twins in Game 1 of the ALDS on Wednesday night.

But rightfield umpire Chris Guccione ruled that Delmon Young's line drive was not caught cleanly. As the Yankees yelped in protest, all six umpires huddled near first base. But the ruling was upheld.

Replays showed that Golson caught the ball. But instant replay is only used in baseball on home run calls.

The next batter? Hall of Fame caliber home run hitter Jim Thome, who was the potential tying run.

But Mariano Rivera saved the umpires' bacon when he retired Thome on a first-pitch pop-up to third base to end the game.

"I'm just glad it didn't end up being a bigger call than it was," Golson said. "In that situation, I just didn't want it to get by me, so that was why I kind of hesitated, I guess."

Said Rivera: "It's part of the game and we just have to get the next guy."

Said Yankees manager Joe Girardi: "I commend [the umpires]. They got together and they talked about it. I never really saw the replay, so I am not exactly sure what happened. I know what our players told me. You know it's not like they were out of position or anything. They hustled out there. It just happens."



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