Teams using data for intel on umpires

Updated: May 10, 2010, 5:10 PM ET
Associated Press

Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team's pitchers and hitters.

The Texas manager gets to the back of the black binder, reaches into the pocket and pulls out another scouting report -- on that night's home plate umpire.

It's a color-coded computer printout showing his strike zone -- how he tends to call balls and strikes -- and whether he usually gives the pitcher a break if the ball sails just off the corner of the ...

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