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Hurdle working to make most of replay

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PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle had trouble Wednesday morning expressing how he felt about his club having been the first recipient of an outcome-changing replay reversal.

Previous challenges have occurred on games' last plays, but the difference Tuesday night was that if the plate umpire's out-call on Starling Marte had not been reversed, giving the Pirates a 2-1 win over San Francisco, the game would have continued into extra innings.

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"I'm not pleasantly surprised when something happens, not discouraged when something doesn't," Hurdle said, alluding to the vagaries of replay review. "It's a work in progress -- they continually say that.

"The hundreds of reviewed plays, we have it all broken down, and I've watched every review that has taken place this year. I am just trying to make sense of it. I'm trying to be where I need to be to make the best decision I can make and not be influenced by anything I see."

Bottom-line, the Pirates skipper gave the evolving process a strong thumbs-up.

"It has enhanced the game in a lot of different areas," Hurdle said. "The right calls are being made at the right time more so than ever before."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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