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Gardenhire's challenge overturns acrobatic catch

Yankees third baseman Wheeler ruled out of bounds during stellar snag

Gardenhire's challenge overturns acrobatic catch play video for Gardenhire's challenge overturns acrobatic catch

MINNEAPOLIS -- A challenge initiated by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire overturned a sensational catch by Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler near the Yankees dugout at Target Field on Friday.

The play happened when Sam Fuld popped up a foul ball near the third-base dugout with nobody out in the ninth inning and the Yankees clinging to a one-run lead with closer David Robertson on the mound. Wheeler ran over to make a great catch but stepped down the dugout steps to make the grab, so Gardenhire issued a challenge.

After a short video review, it was ruled Wheeler left the field of play to make the catch, and the call was overturned. On the next pitch, Fuld struck out for the first out of the inning in Minnesota's eventual 6-5 loss.

"It's a boundary play, so it's reviewable," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He can't go in the dugout to catch it. It was an outstanding play. Great awareness of where he's at. It's an outstanding effort."

It marked the 10th time Gardenhire has successfully challenged a play and had it overturned in 20 tries.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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