Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Selig hints he'd consider expanding DH

ST. LOUIS — During the 40-plus years the DH has been in place, top baseball officials have grown to ignore the incongruity of having it in one league and not the other and embrace the debate.

But speaking before Saturday's Game 3 of the World Series, commissioner Bud Selig gave a slight hint that he might be open to a change that would consolidate the rules, which most likely would add the DH to the National League.

"I did say three or four years ago I had very strong feelings on instant replay, and like everything else in life you make adjustments, and I now have somewhat different feelings," Selig said. "So I'm never going to say never to anything. Okay? But at the moment, is there anything going on? No. But if somebody has something to say (on changing the DH rules), I'm glad to listen."

On other topics:

• Selig declined comment on the latest acrimony in the Alex Rodriguez suspension appeal, saying, "There really is a lot of things I could say but I don't think it would serve anybody's best interest."

• Selig said he is "very pleased" with the overall state of the game. "The last six years have been the best years in our history. Our gross revenues have exploded. Every criteria, every barometer one wants to use is up. The sport has never been more popular."

• Asked about having only one black player in the Series in a year when the movie 42 put attention on Jackie Robinson's story, Selig said he was confident in their efforts to increase minority involvement.

GIVING MAN: Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran said winning the Roberto Clemente award, which acknowledges a player's "positive contributions" on and off the field and willingness to help others, was a highlight of his career. "Playing the game of baseball, we have to do it. But giving back, not everyone chooses to do that," Beltran said. "And that's something that I take a lot of pride in."

MAN OF CLAY: RHP Clay Buchholz starts for the Red Sox tonight admitting he's not at full strength due to tightness in his shoulder that limited his between-starts work. "Obviously given the couple of days that I've been out so far, not 100 percent," he said. "It's going to be my first World Series experience being on the field, and I think that just the environment, the crowd, the adrenaline, that's going to help me out, too."

MISCELLANY: RHP Lance Lynn, who was 9-3, 2.82 at home compared to 6-7, 5.15 on the road, starts tonight for the Cardinals. … With usual DH David Ortiz starting at first base, the Red Sox interestingly had benched 1B Mike Napoli taking grounders at third for a potential option. … St. Louis' Allen Craig (foot) worked out at first base but remained limited to pinch-hit/reserve duty. … With 25-year-old Joe Kelly following 22-year-old Michael Wacha, the Cardinals became the first Series team with two 25-and-under starters since the 2008 Rays (Scott Kazmir, Andy Sonnanstine, Matt Garza). … Colbie Caillat sang the national anthem.

AROUND THE MAJORS: With Fox Sports reporting the Cubs planned second interviews with managerial candidates Rick Renteria and A.J. Hinch, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who also had an initial interview, said he had not heard anything from the team. Martinez did confirm that he interviewed with the Nationals on Thursday then was told Friday they planned to hire Matt Williams. … Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach interviewed for the Tigers' managerial opening. … Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow. RF Bryce Harper and 1B Adam LaRoche also had operations, Harper to repair the bursa in his left knee and LaRoche to clean up his left elbow.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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