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Yost advocates expansion of replay system

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KANSAS CITY -- A day after the Royals lost a tough 5-1 decision to the Reds in 10 innings, manager Ned Yost was calling for more plays being available to review.

What stung Yost and the Royals on Tuesday night was Reds speedster Billy Hamilton avoiding a tag by shortstop Alcides Escobar in a rundown in the 10th by seemingly running out of the basepath. But Hamilton was ruled safe and Cincinnati went on to score four runs and take the win.

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KANSAS CITY -- A day after the Royals lost a tough 5-1 decision to the Reds in 10 innings, manager Ned Yost was calling for more plays being available to review.

What stung Yost and the Royals on Tuesday night was Reds speedster Billy Hamilton avoiding a tag by shortstop Alcides Escobar in a rundown in the 10th by seemingly running out of the basepath. But Hamilton was ruled safe and Cincinnati went on to score four runs and take the win.

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Yost argued that Hamilton was well past the three feet out of the basepath allowed to avoid a tag.

Rule 5:09 states that the baserunner is out if, "He runs more than three feet away from his basepath to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner's basepath is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely."

Video: CIN@KC: Yost on Hamilton's play, loss to Reds

"Your arm length is three feet," Yost said. "Esky established the basepath. But if you can't tag [Hamilton by reaching your arm out], he's out of the baseline. And it was two feet past that [original three feet]."

The umpires did not change the call and the play was not reviewable.

That had Yost thinking it's time to make more plays reviewable.

"I mean there's a lot of them that I think should be added to the list," Yost said. "Like interference/obstruction, infield fly rule, trapped plays in the infield, fair/foul in the infield, foul tip, batter's interference, batted ball hitting a runner, runner out of the basepath, 45-foot lane violation.

"All those things should be reviewable. We have the technology now to make those reviewable."

Yost has been a proponent of the current expanded review system since it was launched in 2014.

"Absolutely, 100 percent," Yost said. "Look at the number of calls that were missed that we got them right because of replay. And there's still many that could. That wasn't right last night. But replay review would have gotten it right."

Further bolstering Yost's call for reviews is that he has the game's No. 1 replay/review specialist Bill Duplissea, who was a Major League-best 16-of-19 this season entering Wednesday's action.

"He's the best," Yost said.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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