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Selig won't discuss politics of venue

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bud Selig considers Arizona's new immigration law a political issue and is showing no signs that Major League Baseball will shift next year's All-Star Game out of the state.

A day after Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo and other All-Stars said they could envision boycotting the 2011 game at Phoenix in protest, the commissioner never mentioned a possible shift, even as about two dozen protestors rallied outside his Milwaukee office.

The situation "will be solved in the political process at the appropriate time," Selig said Tuesday. "We'll do things when baseball can influence decisions."

Speaking to members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America before the All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, Selig hit several topics:

• Players and executives expressed "little appetite" for expanded replay, even after the Tigers' Armando Galarraga lost a perfect game on an umpire's missed call.

• MLB is "exploring ways" to trim the season so the World Series doesn't run deeper into November. Starting next season on a Thursday was a possibility.

• He still intends to retire after 2012.

Big bats quiet: The biggest hitters in the All-Star Game were the biggest zeros.

Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero and Ichiro Suzuki couldn't muster any offense.

And Alex Rodrigez never even got into his 13th midsummer classic.

The lone bright spots among the big names were the Rays' Evan Longoria, Red Sox's David Ortiz and Yankees' Derek Jeter.

Longoria came in hitting .300 and doubled in his first at-bat. He walked his other time up, eventually scoring. Jeter walked in the first inning and singled in the sixth. Ortiz, who won Monday's home run derby, singled in the ninth then was thrown out at second base on a single to short right.

Down went Pujols, Howard, Jeter, Guerrero, Ortiz and Suzuki — strikeout victims all. Suzuki came in with five hits in his previous 11 All-Star at-bats, but he whiffed against Florida's Josh Johnson — his third strikeout in 28 plate appearances.

Jeter, Guerrero and Suzuki were the veteran bats in the AL's lineup. They were a combined 22-for-63 coming into the game, all having hit a home run in previous years.

Guerrero never found his comfort level in his old ballpark despite being loudly cheered by the Angel Stadium crowd throughout the evening.

Around the league: A federal bankruptcy judge decided the Rangers will be auctioned off after all, despite angry creditors' claims that the bidding process is unfair and still favors Major League Baseball's preferred buyer. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn set the auction for Aug. 4. The final hearing on whether to approve the Rangers' bankruptcy plan was set for later that day. After the auction, Major League Baseball can still reject the highest bidder and approve the next highest bid.

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