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Now this really stinks for the guy who doesn't win his 10K.




Fan is denied $10K?




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A blown call cost the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera a home run Wednesday night. It also might have cost a contest participant $10,000 -- the amount the unidentified person would have collected had Cabrera received credit for a round-tripper with his second-inning smash vs. Milwaukee.


Officials at MLB.com are trying to figure out the best way to resolve the matter.


''It hasn't been worked out, but a gesture of some kind will be made,'' said Dinn Mann, editor-in-chief of MLB Advanced Media, which conducts the contest. ``It's a good guess that something meaningful will be done to show we are good sports.''


Replays showed Cabrera's deep drive to right-center striking a metal railing above and beyond the yellow line that a ball must clear for it to be ruled a home run. But umpires, who do not have the benefit of replays, ruled the ball struck the upper portion of the wall and was therefore in play when it bounced back onto the field.


Cabrera raced around the bases for a triple, then scored when a throw to third was off target.


The contest requires participants to choose one major-league player each day that they think will hit a home run. If they successfully choose such a player nine days in a row -- the number that would break the major-league record shared by Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr. and Dale Long of homering in eight consecutive games -- rules state they win $10,000.


Mann said thousands of people have participated in the Beat the Streak: HR edition, which has been up and running for about a month and is located in the Fantasy section of MLB.com. But Wednesday marked the first time anyone managed to make it to the cusp by picking a home run hitter on eight consecutive days.


That person chose Cabrera, out of all the big-league players, to clinch the prize. Not only did Cabrera miss out on a second-inning home run, he missed by mere feet of connecting on one in the fourth inning when he blasted a ball off the towering Budweiser sign that looms in deep center and is considered part of the wall. Cabrera ended up with a double on that hit.


Mann said MLB.com, a company funded by Major League Baseball and its owners, has been trying to contact the person to figure out a happy solution.


''It's so fluky for a call to be incorrect, or even potentially incorrect, on a home run that you can count the number of instances on one hand,'' Mann said.



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