Torre still optimistic on replay

The Associated PressOctober 7, 2013 

Joe Torre hopes baseball’s expanded instant-replay system will be ready next season.

The Major League Baseball executive vice president spoke about replay Sunday before the Los Angeles Dodgers played host to the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of their National League Division Series.

“We’re not totally ready yet,” Torre said. “We’re getting closer and closer. I’m pretty hopeful we’ll have it set for next year.”

Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until conclusion.

Balls and strikes would not be reviewable, and challenged calls would be settled at MLB headquarters in New York after replays are viewed.

The issue of expanded replay came up during this series in the ninth inning of Game 2, which the Braves won, 4-3.

Dodgers pinch-runner Dee Gordon attempted to steal second. Gordon thought he was successful, but Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons scooped up the ball on a throw from catcher Gerald Laird and made the tag in one motion.

“I saw everything they showed me on TV, and I know people were back in New York looking at stuff,” Torre said. “They were not sure that when he caught the ball, the glove didn’t graze the uniform and then he reached back for him because he may not have known he tagged him (Gordon).”

The 73-year-old retired manager of the Dodgers and Yankees was asked if he would be interested in replacing Bud Selig as commissioner.

“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner,” Torre said. “I’ve got a significant job.”

PERALTA TO START

Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta will be in the lineup for Game 3 of the American League Division Series against Oakland — his first home game since being suspended 50 games as part of baseball’s drug investigation.

Peralta returned for the last three games of the regular season and appeared as a pinch-hitter in Game 1 of this series. Now manager Jim Leyland wants to try to boost his team’s offense, which has been blanked for 17 consecutive innings after a three-run first in the postseason opener.

Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs during the regular season. He was Detroit’s shortstop before being suspended in early August, but Jose Iglesias is in that spot now, and the Tigers have used Peralta mostly in the outfield since his return.

YOUNG ARMS RULE

For a series with so many established veterans, the pitching staffs of the Cardinals and Pirates have more than a dash of youth.

Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole, 23, allowed one run and struck out five in six innings in a Game 2 victory. St. Louis sent out 25-year-old Joe Kelly for Game 3, and Michael Wacha, 22, will get the nod for the Cardinals in Game 4.

Shelby Miller, 22, is working out of the St. Louis bullpen during the NLDS.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said it was all a byproduct of the game’s evolution.

“Guys are constantly training, looking for ways to get bigger, stronger, faster,” Matheny said. “And we’ve been very fortunate that we’ve been able to be one of those clubs that has a group of young guys with strong arms … I think you see kind of the league jumping in that same direction.”

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