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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig: 'I've always believed in realignment'

Justin Allgaier drove his No. 12 Dodge to the first victory of his NASCAR career in the Nationwide Series race at Bristol.
Justin Allgaier drove his No. 12 Dodge to the first victory of his NASCAR career in the Nationwide Series race at Bristol. (Tom Whitmore/getty Images For Nascar)

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

BASEBALL

Selig: 'I've always believed in realignment'

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig admitted Saturday that he has put his ideas for realignment on paper, but that's as far as it has gone thus far.

"When I am on long airport rides I will fiddle around with divisions and things," Selig said at Maryvale (Ariz.) Baseball Park during a spring training game between the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

There have been reports in recent weeks that one of the subjects to be considered by the 14-person special committee Selig designated four months ago was the idea of "floating realignment" in which teams would change divisions from year to year.

The 75-year-old Selig wasn't ready to go that far just yet. "I've always believed in realignment and we have done a lot in the last 18 years, but we really have not discussed that subject," he said. "It's a subject that has been on my mind for a long time, but is there anything to report? No." . . .

Indians' closer Kerry Wood could miss two months with a "moderate" muscle strain in his upper back. Right-hander Chris Perez will take over as Cleveland's closer. . . .

Roy Oswalt will be the Astros' opening day starter for the eighth consecutive year, extending his club record when Houston opens against San Francisco. . . .

Tim Wakefield went five scoreless innings with three strikeouts as the Red Sox beat a split squad of Orioles, 6-0. Baltimore rookie right-hander Chris Tillman also pitched five innings, giving up two runs. Meanwhile, Boston brought back left-hander Alan Embree, signing him to a minor league contract.

MISC.

Jim Furyk, who hasn't won since the Canadian Open in 2007, finished a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 67 to build a three-shot lead in the PGA Tour's Transition Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. . . .

The Colts hired former Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner as wide receivers coach and former Virginia special teams coordinator Ron Prince as assistant offensive line coach. . . .

Former USC assistant Gib Arnold was introduced as Hawaii's basketball coach. . . .


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