Adventures in replay at the Arizona Fall League …

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Major League Baseball has begun a trial run of its new replay challenge system in this year’s Arizona Fall League and MLB.com beat writer Tom Singer is on the scene …

Keep in mind that AFL managers have been encouraged to use their replay challenges liberally. But this system — with challenges rather than a booth umpire — really seems like it’s going to be a mess.

Singer wrote Tuesday — the first night of the trial run — that Salt River Rafters and Mesa Solar Sox players “were loudly and emphatically urging for replays from their respective dugouts after every even remotely close play on the field.” Now amplify that to the major league level, where the games matter much, much more and the stadiums are filled with thousands of fans. AFL games rarely draw more than a couple-hundred people.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.