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New rule addresses Tampa Bay Rays-Philadelphia Phillies weather situation in Game 5 of World Series

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Addressing an issue from the Rays-Phillies World Series, owners approved a change Thursday requiring all postseason games to be played to their conclusion.

Owners also voted to use head-to-head records to replace coin flips when determining homefield advantage for tiebreaker games in division and wild-card races.

Games would be suspended if they are called, regardless of how many innings have been played or the score at the time. A suspended game is resumed and played to completion at the same site. The change also applies to tiebreaker games but not to the All-Star Game.

Owners approved the change three months after Game 5 of the World Series was suspended in a downpour with the visiting Rays and Phillies tied at 2 after 5½ innings. That night, commissioner Bud Selig said the game would not be cut short, no matter how long it took. Play was resumed two days later, and the Phillies finished off the Rays 4-3.

"I'm delighted," Selig said. "Given my experience … in Philadelphia, it's important to have the rule clarified."

RED SOX Big deal: The Associated Press reported that first baseman Kevin Youkilis agreed to a four-year contract that would reportedly guarantee about $41-million. Also, slugger David Ortiz hopes his injured wrist heals so he can play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and Mark Kotsay, an outfielder most of his career who filled in at first last season, agreed to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $1.5-million.

ARBITRATION: Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Jonathan Papelbon were among 111 players who filed for salary arbitration.

CLEMENS UPDATE: Convicted steroids dealer Kirk Radomski appeared at the federal courthouse in Washington where a grand jury is being asked to determine whether Roger Clemens should be indicted on charges of lying to Congress. A former Mets clubhouse attendant, Radomski was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty to distributing steroids and laundering money. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Butler declined comment.

INDIANS: Winter Haven has filed a lawsuit against its former spring training tenant, claiming the team owes $107,454 in parking, concession, ticket and advertising revenues.

Nationals: Former Rays right-hander Jesus Colome agreed to minor-league deal.

PADRES: David Eckstein, who turns 34 Tuesday, agreed to a one-year deal and is expected to play second. He signed with Toronto last season and was traded to Arizona on Aug. 31.

Rangers: All-Star shortstop Michael Young said he will accept a move to third.

WHITE SOX: Free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon agreed to a $1-million, one-year contract.

New rule addresses Tampa Bay Rays-Philadelphia Phillies weather situation in Game 5 of World Series 01/15/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 6:18am]
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