Braves Manager Bobby Cox wouldn't mind seeing instant replay used -- but only on tough-to-call home runs, such as the one that was taken away from Brian Jordan in a loss to the Nationals.
"I think they should get it right. I really do," Cox said.
On Monday, with Atlanta trailing, 2-1 in the seventh, Jordan hit a ball toward the left field corner. Nationals OF Marlon Byrd leaped from foul into fair territory in pursuit of the ball, which dropped over the wall, just beyond his glove.
Third base umpire Jerry Layne ruled it a home run. Nats Manager Frank Robinson came out to argue, and crew chief Ed Montague, who was umpiring at second base, said he thought the ball was foul and changed the call. Washington wound up winning, 3-2.
"I don't want replays in baseball, but on home runs like that, I think there should be, because they're constantly screwed up. It's a tough call for umpires," Cox said.
Replays showed the ball hit the black base of the foul pole -- something Robinson acknowledged after seeing replays.
* GRAVES IS GONE: Unable to trade Danny Graves, the Reds took the next step in severing ties with their closer, asking for unconditional release waivers.
The move came eight days after Graves was designated for assignment, ending his eight-year career in Cincinnati. The Reds had 10 days to trade, waive or release him.
Graves, 31, is the club's career saves leader, but has struggled the past two years. Once one of the team's most popular players, Graves angered fans by criticizing them for booing after the bullpen blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning on May 2, helping St. Louis rally for a 10-9 win. Graves was booed loudly at Great American Ball Park every time he came in to pitch for the rest of the month.
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