Torre: MLB examining expanded use of system
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season, and will be studying which calls to review and how to do it over the course of this year.
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.
Commissioner Bud Selig has said he wants to add video reviews for trapped balls and fair-or-foul calls.
Torre said the league is mainly “looking at is some of the obvious stuff you can see right away,” but that it’s a balancing act to make sure replay doesn’t interrupt the flow of the game.
Torre also shot down any notion that balls and strikes will be reviewed, joking that “you still have to have something to yell about.”
Spring training home
moves to Mesa in 2015
PHOENIX — The Oakland Athletics will move their spring training camp to nearby Mesa 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.
Oakland trained in Mesa for a decade, at Rendezvous Park from 1969-76 and then at HohoKam from 1977-78. After three spring trainings at old Scottsdale Stadium, the A’s have been at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since 1982.
The new lease could run through 2044. The A’s made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the council approved the deal.
Markakis out a few days
with neck spasms
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis says the neck spasms he is having aren’t a concern.
Markakis was scratched from Sunday’s game and said Tuesday morning that he would take his recovery slowly and expected to be able to play in a few days. He missed substantial portions of last season after suffering a broken bone in his hand and a fractured thumb.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays that he would not play Markakis against Spain on Wednesday. Showalter added that the right fielder could have played had this been the regular season.
Teixeira out of WBC
with sore forearm
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after injuring his right forearm swinging in the batting cage.
Teixeira was set to start at first base for Team USA but was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.
Team USA said Teixeira will be sidelined eight to 10 days.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Tampa, Fla., that X-rays on Teixeira’s hand and wrist area came back negative.
Girardi said Teixeira did not have this problem before leaving the Yankees camp.
The Rays’ Ben Zobrist started at first base for the U.S. team and Teixeira will be replaced on the roster.