Everitt initially made no signal, but once CC Sabathia retrieved the ball and threw to second to attempt to get Feliz, who was advancing on the throw to the plate, the umpire ruled Howard safe. The Yankees could have appealed the play but would have had to do so before the next pitch was thrown.
Howard's tying run marks the latest in a string of tricky or controversial calls by umpiring crews this postseason that could be reviewed with expanded use of replay. On this particular play, no one from the Yankees challenged Everitt's ruling."Well, it's hard for me to see," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I had actually heard about it later, but that's just tough for me to see. I can't tell, and I don't have replay, and I'm not sitting up above high where I can see it. Whether he did or not, I still don't really know for sure." For Howard, the fourth-inning hit snapped a personal 0-for-9 skid that had been building up since his two-hit effort in Game 1.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.