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Yanks alter BP policy

Detroit manager Jim Leyland argues with umpire Paul Schrieber after Magglio Ordonez fanned Wednesday.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Detroit manager Jim Leyland argues with umpire Paul Schrieber after Magglio Ordonez fanned Wednesday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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The New York Yankees will allow fans to move down to the outer reaches of the lower deck during batting practice so they can get a better view.

Fans with tickets for seats elsewhere in the new Yankee Stadium can move into outfield sections and corners of the field-level stands during batting practice, a change in policy the team said it made in reaction to fan desires.

Fans also may watch from the bleachers. The Yankees said fans can enter those areas when the gates open three hours before game time.

Umpire apologizes

Umpire Paul Schrieber promptly issued an apology for placing his hand on Detroit slugger Magglio Ordonez’s back and steering him toward the dugout during a heated confrontation the previous night in Minneapolis.

“In yesterday’s game, after I called Magglio Ordonez out on strikes, I inadvertently placed my hand on his back and ushered him away from home plate so I did not have to eject him for arguing balls and strikes,” Schrieber said in a statement issued before the Tigers-Twins series finale on Thursday. “I should not have placed my hands on him, period. For doing so, I apologize to both Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers.”

Scoring change

Major League Baseball has overturned a scoring decision from last Friday’s game between the Angels and Royals, ruling Los Angeles’ Howie Kendrick reached on an error instead of an inside-the-park homer.

Kendrick was initially given the homer after Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen misplayed a ball down the line.

Sentence reduced

Milton Bradley’s suspension was reduced from two games to one but that didn’t make him any happier. The Chicago Cubs outfielder still feels he was a victim of his reputation as a hothead.

“It figures,” he said after MLB announced its decision regarding the April 16 incident. “I never get treated fairly. This is me. This is exactly what I expected.”

Clearing the bases

The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of veteran left-hander, Eric Milton, from Triple-A Albuquerque. Milton will start Saturday against the Florida Marlins in place of Jeff Weaver. … The Cleveland Indians have signed free-agent pitcher Luis Vizcaino. Vizcaino spent the 2008 season in Colorado’s bullpen. He had a 5.28 ERA in 43 appearances.

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