Ventura, Melvin swap successful challenges

Ventura, Melvin swap successful challenges

CHICAGO -- The White Sox successfully challenged a play at first base on just the third at-bat of Tuesday night's game against the A's at U.S. Cellular Field.

With Craig Gentry on first base and one out, Josh Donaldson hit a slow roller to first baseman Jose Abreu, just past the mound. Abreu fielded the ball and flipped to pitcher John Danks covering, with Danks making the barehanded catch and hitting the base at about the same time.

But first-base umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled Donaldson safe. After White Sox manager Robin Ventura requested the review, the called was overturned for the second out of the inning, with Gentry taking second.

In the eighth inning, Coco Crisp was ruled out at first on a high hopper to first baseman Jose Abreu. But on a review requested by Oakland manager Bob Melvin, the call was overturned, and Crisp was ruled to have beaten pitcher Matt Lindstrom to first. The A's scored one run in the inning.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.