MLB plans to expand instant replay in 2014
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it. Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, said Tuesday that league officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan. "We're going to increase replay next year. We just don't know how we're going to go about it yet," Torre said before managing the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic in an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. That game ended in a 4-4 tie at Glendale, Ariz. "I know we're using a number of venues to see what makes sense," Torre said, "and it's really making sense with the rhythm of the game as a priority."Commissioner Bud Selig has said he wants to add video reviews for trapped balls and fair-or-foul calls, but league officials also are considering whether it makes sense to review close plays on basepaths — forceouts and tags, for example — and other controversial calls. League executives also will be considering ways to implement wider review, such as giving the managers the option of challenging a call. "I don't think it would be a pure challenge system," Torre said. "We've stayed away from that being part of the game. The manager already makes so many decisions, and to drop another rock or two in his pocket, I think it's a little bit much." ANGELS: Albert Pujols hit a pair of groundouts and struck out in his first spring training appearance of the year for the Los Angeles Angels, a 6-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds at Tempe, Ariz.. The three-time MVP, recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, hit a broken-bat grounder to third in the first against Mike Leake, struck out swinging in the fourth versus Aroldis Chapman and grounded to shortstop in the sixth against Wilkin De La Rosa. ATHLETICS: The team will move its spring training camp to nearby Mesa, Ariz., starting in 2015, agreeing to a 20-year deal following approval from the Mesa City Council. The Chicago Cubs are moving out of HohoKam Park to a new facility in Mesa next spring, and the A's will assume control of HohoKam Park and Fitch Park after their lease with Phoenix expires in December 2014. BLUE JAYS: At Dunedin, Steve Pearce hit two home runs in Toronto's 10-inning, 6-6 tie with Baltimore. CARDINALS: Shortstop Rafael Furcal is getting a second opinion on his ailing elbow. General manager John Mozeliak said Furcal, 35, would be examined today by James Andrews. Furcal is out indefinitely after re-injuring the elbow he hurt late last season. INDIANS: Nick Swisher hit one of three Cleveland home runs and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three scoreless innings in a 4-3 victory against San Francisco. MARLINS: Outfielder Kolby Copeland has been suspended for 50 games for refusing to take an offseason test under baseball's minor-league drug program. DODGERS: At Peoria, Ariz., Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, his third straight subpar outing of the spring as Los Angeles lost 7-3 to San Diego. METS: Reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems or discomfort during his first spring training outing. Feliciano threw one inning against the Marlins in a "B" game on a practice field behind Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. He allowed one run — on Ben Lasater's home run — hit a batter and struck out one. Feliciano was diagnosed last week with a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction. The condition results from the failure of myocardial development from birth. NATIONALS: At Viera, Rafael Soriano threw a scoreless inning of relief in his Washington debut to help preserve a 7-1 victory against Houston. RED SOX: According to jail records, left-hander Drake Britton was arrested in Fort Myers for driving under the influence. Britton, 23, was arrested Saturday. He was also charged with reckless driving and DUI with property damage. YANKEES: Mark Teixeira's stay with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic didn't last long. Teixeira strained his right wrist while taking some light swings off a tee in the batting cage, forcing him to withdraw from the tournament. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said from Tampa that Teixeira would be out a minimum of 10 days.
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