MARLINS DENIED: In a decision that won't be reviewed on videotape, the NL denied the Marlins' protest of umpire Frank Pulli's use of a TV replay.

"I certainly agree with the Marlins' position that instant replays should not be allowed in the game and I sympathize with their concern that Mr. Pulli, in an excess of caution, decided to use a video camera," NL President Len Coleman wrote yesterday. "That being said, however, it does not follow that the protest should be sustained."

Coleman held that Pulli's incorrect decision to consult a replay and change Cliff Floyd's home run to a double on Monday in a 5-2 victory by the Cardinals was a judgment call -- and judgment calls can't be overturned with protests.

PORTUGAL MAY QUIT: After meeting with Red Sox GM Dan Duquette and Manager Jimy Williams, RHP Mark Portugal said he will make an announcement about his future today.

Speculation that Portugal, 36, would retire to spend more time with his three children mounted after he cleaned out his locker after pitching three innings against the Tigers on Monday. Portugal recently went through a divorce and his children, ages 3 to 10, live in Barrington, R.I.

"The most important priority is my state of being, and we're going to try and work on that and tomorrow have a better answer," Portugal said.

BETTER LATE: The greatest offensive performance in NCAA history didn't help 2B Marshall McDougall of Florida State on draft day. McDougall, who hit an NCAA record six consecutive home runs and drove in 16 runs on May 9 against Maryland, was taken in the 26th round by the Red Sox. . . . Tulane C Chad Sutter, the son of former Cy Young Award winner Bruce Sutter, was selected by the Yankees in the 23rd round. Sutter, the Conference USA player of the year, hit .393 with 23 homers and 87 RBI.