“I think that when clubs have spent years trying to get something done and have reached that point in time where they explore their alternatives,” Grubman added at the spring owners meetings, “whether it’s in Los Angeles or any other market, and that exploration provides something that they can actually go do, then what happens is the timeframe gets defined.”
Goodell said Wednesday he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from the appeal because he has been focused on the spring owners meetings.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with A-Rod’s performance in his return from a season-long drug suspension. The 39-year-old, shifted to primarily designated hitter, began Wednesday with a .248 batting average, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.
“The one spot it could not be,” De Fratus said of his pitch. “Right into his bat path and right into his bat speed.”
Babcock is still under contract with the Detroit Red Wings through June 30. The Red Wings, however, have granted Babcock permission to speak with other teams. He visited Buffalo and met with Murray and Sabres owner Terry Pegula on May 10.
“When the discipline came out, I felt it was way over the top,” Kraft said, adding that if he had made his decision last week, “I think maybe it might have been a different one.”
“We need to tighten up our approach with two strikes,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, whose team has dropped six straight at home. “You can’t miss your pitch when you get it early in the count.”
The Canadian drive slammed into the wall going into turn three at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His car briefly slid on its right side before coming came to rest upright.
“I understand,” Baffert said. “It just shows the respect they have for American Pharoah. It’s something you can’t control. You have to earn it, just like he earned it in the weather yesterday. I’ve seen a lot of great horses leave here and (lose) in the Belmont — Smarty Jones, Big Brown, Real Quiet, Silver Charm, Funny Cide. I’ll Have Another (in 2012). You just don’t know.”