Umpire expresses regret on botched call

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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:00 am

SEATTLE (AP) - Umpire Jeff Nelson expressed regret on Saturday for making an incorrect call a night earlier, saying it was a play he'd never seen in 25 years.

"That play, your focus goes to the bag, and you watch the foot touch the bag and listen for the ball hitting the mitt. In this case, I ruled the ball was caught by the first baseman, and the ball was actually caught by the pitcher," Nelson told a pool reporter before Saturday's game between the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. "The pitcher kind of came out of nowhere on that play. I didn't pick that up. Obviously, looking at the replays, I wish I had."

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