Washington brushes off interference call

Washington brushes off interference call

TORONTO -- The dust has settled, and Rangers manager Ron Washington is at peace.

With the Rangers making a comeback in the final inning of Sunday's eventual 6-5 loss to the Twins, their promising late rally was stopped short by an unusual call from third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez.

The Rangers, trailing the Twins by four runs in the ninth, rallied for three runs but missed an opportunity to have outfielder Nelson Cruz hit with the bases loaded when Michael Young was called out at third base.

Young, who rounded third thinking of taking home to tie the ballgame, made contact with coach Dave Anderson before diving back to the bag, according to Marquez, who promptly called Young out to end the game.

As per rule 7:09, the runner is out if: "In the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning to or leaving third or first base."

The video evidence was inconclusive at best, but Washington said he's over it -- though he does think umpires, like coaches, should be responsible for their actions.

"I know I want to be accountable, so I'm more than certain they want to be held accountable," Washington said. "He made a call that he thought he should have made. [I] didn't agree with it. It's over with, time to move on -- had my say yesterday, nothing I can do about it."