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Baseball could revert to a 2-2-1 format in 2013, when the regular season is tentatively set to start on April 1, with a Sunday night game possible the previous day. Baseball is shifting from the midweek start it used in 2011 and 2012.
With the Houston Astros switching to the American League next year, MLB also is working on a new schedule format that provides season-long interleague play. He said it's possible baseball could retain six interleague games between rivals, such as the New York Yankees and Mets, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, the A's and the Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels.
"The fans like it," Selig said. "When your fans like something, you have to be responsive to that and sensitive to it."
Baseball hopes to complete its new collective bargaining agreement with players within a few weeks. A memorandum of understanding on the five-year deal was signed Nov. 22.
Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations, also gave MLB's first explanation for last week's decision to fire Shyam Das, the arbitrator who in February overturned a 50-game suspension for NL MVP Ryan Braun following a positive drug test. Braun's lawyers argued his urine sample wasn't handled as specified in baseball's drug agreement.
"Shyam served for 13 years. That's a very long time," Manfred said. "He's a very high-quality arbitrator. We made a decision to exercise our contractual right to make a change. There's nothing more to that."
Management and the union are to talk next week about selecting a new arbitrator, who would hear the union's grievance to overturn a 100-game suspension for Giants reliever Guillermo Mota.
Mark Walter and Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' new chairman and president, attended their first owners' meeting since buying the team from Frank McCourt on May 1 in a record $2 billion deal. Owners approved a six-year extension of the major league constitution and Baseball Advanced Media, the sport's Internet division.
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