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Early challenge at third favors Gardenhire

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire successfully challenged a play at third base in the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Brewers.

Brian Dozier doubled with one out off right-hander Marco Estrada and then attempted to steal third base with Joe Mauer at the plate. Dozier was initially ruled out by third-base umpire Mark Wegner, but Gardenhire came out to challenge the ruling on the field.

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After a review of two minutes, three seconds, the call was overturned and Dozier was ruled safe at third base. It was the sixth time in 13 tries that Gardenhire had a play overturned.

But it did not lead to a run for the Twins, as Dozier was stranded at third when Mauer flied out to right field and Josh Willingham flied out to center field to end the inning.

Video replay was used again in the fourth inning, as the umpires initiated a review to see if a potential homer hit by Trevor Plouffe was foul or fair. After a review, it was confirmed as a foul ball.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for