MLB notes: A's owner gets OK to hunt for new home

A general view of the Oakland Athletics game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum on...

A general view of the Oakland Athletics game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum on April 22, 2012 in Oakland, California. (GETTY)

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The Oakland A's could be on the move to San Jose -- or even farther afield.

A's owner Lew Wolff has been angling for several years to leave Oakland in pursuit of a new stadium for his team. San Jose has been in Wolff's sights, but that city falls within San Francisco's territory and the Giants have been unwilling to surrender the rights.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday after an owners meeting that if the A's and Giants can't resolve the dispute, Wolff could look elsewhere.

Any move still would require MLB approval, Selig said.

"It depends where they'd be," Selig said. "They could be all over the world, for that matter. They need approval. We have to go through an approval process. It just depends on where they're moving to."

PLAYOFF FORMAT ALTERED

The format will change for this year only in the best-of-five division series,

In order to eliminate a travel day, the lower-seeded teams will open at home for two games, with the higher-seeded teams getting the next three home games.

The change was necessary to accommodate the one-game wild-card playoff game new to the schedule this year. There will be a one-day break between Games 2 and 3.

MLB intends to restore the 2-2-1 format in 2013.

TRAINER SHELTERED CLEMENS

Brian McNamee testified Thursday he underplayed Roger Clemens' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs to federal agents because he didn't want to rat out the former pitcher.

"I guess I lied about the amounts (at a meeting in 2007)," the trainer told jurors at Clemens' perjury trial. "I wanted to not make it look like he was a bigger steroid user than he was."

Clemens' former trainer told the agents of more injections of steroids and human growth hormone when they met again two days later.

Despite unrelenting cross-examination Thursday, McNamee repeatedly told jurors Clemens was a drug user.

McNamee, 45, has testified he injected Clemens with anabolic steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with human growth hormone in 2000. He has told jurors he gave Clemens eight to 10 injections of steroids during the summer of 1998, when the player was with the Toronto Blue Jays.

PADRES DROP 0-DOG

The San Diego Padres put veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson on waivers Thursday.

Hudson, 43, hit .211 with five triples, one home run, 11 runs and 11 RBI in 35 games this season.

"We felt it was time to make a change," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "O-Dog has been a two-time all-star, four-time Gold Glove winner and a contributor to playoff teams but, at this point, we want to give our younger players an opportunity."

Hudson was drafted by Toronto in the 43rd round in 1997 and spent his first four major-league seasons with the Blue Jays.

The Padres also placed infielder Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list, while recalling infielders Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista from triple-A Tucson and claiming left-handed pitcher Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

SLUGGING INGE INJURED

Brandon Inge, who has been hitting with power since joining the Oakland Athletics, was placed Thursday on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to May 13.

The third baseman has four homers and 17 RBI in 11 games since signing with Oakland as a free agent on April 30. He has a .227 average.

The 34-year-old, who opened the season on the DL with a strained left groin, had been released by the Tigers four days earlier after batting .100 in nine games.

Oakland recalled infielder Adam Rosales from triple-A Sacramento.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Tigers have recalled pitcher Brayan Villarreal from triple-A Toledo. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched two innings of shutout relief Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins ... The Twins have placed pitcher Nick Blackburn on the 15-day disabled list because of a left quad strain and decided to keep catcher Ryan Doumit on the 25-man roster. The Twins initially planned to put Doumit on the DL with a right calf strain but receiving optimistic medical results.


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