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Players association to get sit-down about umpiring

NEW YORK — On the heels of several playoff-affecting calls and an increase in fans demanding more use of replay, baseball management, players and umpires will have another summit on the state of umpiring Dec. 3, just ahead of the winter meetings.

The meeting was called at the request of the players association and will be held in the Orlando area, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Commissioner Bud Selig said last month that there was not a lot of support for it among the managers, executives and owners he consulted with.

Tweaking the Twins? While the Yankees were taking batting practice a day ahead of Game 3 of their AL division series against the Twins, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about a championship parade route down the Canyon of Heroes. "I'm trying to figure out where the parade should start," he said on his radio show.

SCINTILLATING SECOND: As spectacular Tim Lincecum's postseason debut was with 14 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout for the Giants over the Braves late Thursday, the second inning was truly remarkable.

Lincecum threw 14 pitches that frame, striking out the side in order. All nine of the strikes against Alex Gonzalez, Matt Diaz and Brooks Conrad came on swings and misses. According to Dave Smith of Retrosheet, Lincecum is just the third pitcher since 1988 to strike out the side in order with all nine strikes coming on swings and misses, joining Armando Benitez (Aug. 21, 1999, for Mets vs. Cardinals) and Jimmy Key (April 14, 1998, for Orioles vs. White Sox). Key did it on nine pitches.

PURE FICTION: Just joking, TBS announcer Craig Sager said. On Thursday's broadcast he said that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had burned his uniform after a Game 1 loss to the Yankees.

"What are you talking about?" a befuddled Gardenhire said Friday when asked about his jersey. "I wouldn't burn a jersey. I never wear one."

TBS spokesman Jeff Pomeroy wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press: "Craig's report was intended to be a lighthearted segment on how the Twins were looking to change their playoff fortunes."

Reds: SS Orlando Cabrera left Game 2 against the Phillies with an aggravated left side. Cabrera left after Jayson Werth made a hard slide into him trying to break up a double play that ended the fourth inning. Paul Janish took Cabrera's place at shortstop.

Players association to get sit-down about umpiring 10/09/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:09am]

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