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Jacoby Ellsbury Safe At Third: Or Was Red Sox Outfielder Out In Game 3 Against Rays?

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Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays tries to tag Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox at third base as third base umpire Larry Vanover #27 looks on in the fifth inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 7, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) | Getty

The Boston Red Sox may have been given an extra out due to a controversial call involving outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With one out and Ellsbury on second base after a double, Shane Victorino hit a ground ball to the left side that Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar bobbled. Ellsbury took off for third base and Escobar fired a quick throw to Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. Instead of sliding, Ellsbury tried to take the base standing up and Longoria laid down a tag on his thigh.

Safe!

Or did third base umpire Larry Vanover get the ball wrong?

Ellsbury scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Following a ground out, the Red Sox tacked on another with a two-out RBI single by David Ortiz. But should that ground out have ended the inning?

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