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No barrier to Cabrera title

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball appears unlikely to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.

The Giants outfielder began Wednesday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen.

Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount if the Giants play 162 games. Under section 10.22(a) of the Official Baseball Rules, he would win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average and it remains higher than that of any other qualifying player.

"We'll see how it all plays out," commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday after taping an episode of CenterStage for the YES Network. "We generally don't interfere in that process. We'll take a look at it at the end of the year."

Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive test for testosterone.

O'S RECALL PHENOM: The Orioles recalled RHP Dylan Bundy from Double-A Bowie to provide bullpen depth. The 19-year-old was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

FAREWELL GIFTS: The Marlins paid homage to Braves 3B Chipper Jones, presenting him with gifts including a fishing rod before his final game in South Florida. Jones plans to retire after the season.

BLUE JAYS: INF Omar Vizquel, 45, passed Hall of Famer Babe Ruth for 41st on the all-time hits list with his 2,873rd in the opener of a doubleheader.

INDIANS: DH Travis Hafner, out since Aug. 6 with lower-back inflammation, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

NATIONALS: 3B Ryan Zimmerman got a cortisone shot for his right shoulder, and manager Davey Johnson said offseason surgery to clean out the shoulder "will definitely be seriously considered."

REDS: Manager Dusty Baker left Wrigley Field before the game to get chest X-rays to "rule out pneumonia," a club spokesperson said. … Closer Aroldis Chapman said his fatigued left shoulder felt good after a bullpen session.

No barrier to Cabrera title 09/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:34pm]
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