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A's win challenge as Ellsbury's HR is overturned

NEW YORK -- Manager Bob Melvin used a challenge successfully in the first inning that helped prevent the Yankees from scoring two runs in the A's eventual 2-1 loss on Thursday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium.

Melvin walked out of the dugout when the umpires initially awarded Jacoby Ellsbury a two-run homer on a line-drive to right field.

Replays showed Ellsbury's hit landed on the top of the wall and bounced back onto the field. After a review, the call was overturned and Ellsbury had a double, while Derek Jeter, who singled, went back to third base. The review took one minute and 19 seconds.

"I don't know how you can call that a home run," Melvin said. "You could clearly tell it hit the top of the pad and fell back into play."

A's starter Drew Pomeranz was able to escape the early jam without giving up a run -- getting Mark Teixeira to line out to third before striking out Carlos Beltran to end the inning with the A's leading, 1-0, on John Jaso's homer in the top of the first.


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