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A day later . . .

. . . the talk of Billy Butler's home run on Wednesday night continues. And the Yankees still lost.

Having gotten some measure of satisfaction by the admission from his predecessor, Joe Torre, that umpire Dana DeMuth "missed the call'' in ruling Butler's drive off the padding on top of the leftfield wal at Kauffman stadium a home run in the Yankees 5-4 loss to the Twins, Joe Girardi softened his stance somewhat this afternoon.

"It's unfortunate,'' Girardi said. "I can't tell you if he gets the call right the game's going to change, and what's going to happen during the rest of it. You just don't know. You don't know if Billy Butler ends up scoring. But it's unfortunate and it's the second time it's happened.''

Girardi was referring to a game earlier this season when a similar drive by Butler was ruled a home run in a 2-0 Twins victory over the Angels. "It's a tough fence but there are other tough fences and they got the call wrong. But we've got to move on.”

A day later, Girardi seemed more disturbed that DeMuth refused to speak to a pool reporter sent to the umpire's room after the game. "I think everyone in life, not just baseball, everyone in life needs to be accountable for their actions,'' Girardi said. "And maybe they didn’t talk because they weren’t sure of the rule. Maybe they weren’t sure they were 100 percent right when they walked into their clubhouse. I can’t tell you.''

The bottom line, as Girardi likes to say, is that the Yankees had plenty of chances to win th egame in spite of the bad call, and the best of all came in the ninth inning, when they loaded the bases against Twins closer Joakim Soria, but couldn;t tie the score when Jorge Posada struck out looking to end the game.

"Yes, we had a lot of opportunities to win that game,'' Girardi agreed. "We had runners on all night. the bottom line is we didn’t get it done. And as I said, you don’t know what the outcome of the game would have been. We’ll never know.''

Actually, we do know. 5-4 Twins.