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Torre says MLB is moving toward winning back trust

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Joe Torre believes Major League Baseball is working on winning back fans' trust when it comes to cleaning up its reputation regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

"Baseball needs to get the fans' trust back again, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen," the MLB executive vice president said while attending the Little League World Series on Sunday. "It doesn't say it's going to be a smoothly paved road. It's going to be bumpy. We just feel we're making headway."

Torre said there was not much more he could say regarding the 14 players recently suspended in the Biogenesis investigation. It's a group that includes New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game penalty.

The former Yankees manager also touched on the topic of baseball's plan to expand instant replay next season, a process he has played a role in.

Torre said officials are still "fine-tuning" replay implementations and plan to have the system completed by the winter meetings.

"When we institute it next year, if something needs to be fiddled with, we will," he said. "But we didn't knee-jerk it because of all the demands. I understand with technology, with the other sports doing it, that we needed to do something. We needed to do something that we didn't want to take back."

Torre traveled to Williamsport to receive the William A. Shea Distinguished Little League graduate award. He was presented with the award on the field at Lamade Stadium before a game between Sammamish, Wash., and Westport, Conn.

A-ROD SAGA: Alex Rodriguez's lawyers contacted the players' association this month to formally begin the grievance process into claims that the Yankees have mishandled his medical treatment since October's playoffs, reported. Attorney Joe Tapocina claimed Saturday that the Yankees put Rodriguez on the field during the playoffs even though they knew he was playing with a bad hip. Rodriguez's side also claims that the team, behind the scenes, has worked to discourage Rodriguez from returning to the field.

ANGELS STAR HURT: OF Mike Trout left Los Angeles' game against the Astros in the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Trout flied out to center in the fifth then was replaced by Kole Calhoun in the outfield, with Collin Cowgill moving from right to Trout's spot in center. The All-Star said he didn't think the injury was serious, but he was uncertain whether he'd play in today's series opener against the Indians. Last season's AL rookie of the year is leading the majors in Wins Above Replacement for the second straight season and has been one of the Angels' few bright spots.

CUBS: SS Starlin Castro was back in the lineup a day after being pulled for making a mental mistake that allowed the Cardinals to score a run. Manager Dale Sveum said Castro had atoned for his gaffe.

DODGERS: RH reliever Brian Wilson, the former Giants closer who is coming back from Tommy John surgery in April 2012, is likely to be activated early this week, manager Don Mattingly said.

METS: RHP Jenrry Mejia went on the 15-day disabled list a day after leaving a start because of pain in his surgically repaired pitching elbow.

PIRATES: Needing bullpen help after Saturday's blowout loss, the team recalled LH reliever Kris Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned OF Andrew Lambo to Indianapolis and transferred C Mike McKenry from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

Torre says MLB is moving toward winning back trust 08/18/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:46pm]
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