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Yanks win challenge on overturned steal call

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KANSAS CITY -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi won a third-inning challenge in Friday night's 4-2 win against the Royals when an initial call of safe on Nori Aoki's attempted steal of second was overturned following a review.

With two outs, Aoki, who reached on a two-out single, took off from first and second-base umpire Mike DiMuro initially ruled that Aoki had beaten catcher Brian McCann's throw. But the replay showed second baseman Brian Roberts applying the tag before Aoki reached the base.

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The out call ended the inning with the Yanks holding a 4-1 lead after McCann delivered a bases-clearing double in the top of the frame to help starter Chase Whitley earn his first Major League win.

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