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Mariners challenge Cespedes' arm, then call

McClendon requests review after Bloomquist out at plate, and ruling stands

Mariners challenge Cespedes' arm, then call

SEATTLE -- Yoenis Cespedes showed off his throwing arm once again, and Willie Bloomquist was ruled out on a close play at the plate in the eighth inning of the Mariners' 6-2 victory over the A's on Saturday, a call that would stand after video replay.

Bloomquist tried to score from second on a base hit to left by Endy Chavez with one out. He was called out by home-plate umpire Bob Davidson on the throw to the plate by Cespedes, with Bloomquist's foot reaching the base right as catcher Derek Norris applied the tag.

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"I thought he was safe," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I'm still … no, let me shut up. I thought he was safe."

For Cespedes, it was his Majors-leading 11th outfield assist of the season. A's outfielders have 26 assists, which is second in the Majors and eclipses by one Oakland's season total from 2013.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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