Miffed that the call cost Sabathia a no-hitter, Melvin suggested instituting a three-person panel to score games: a scorer and two baseball writers, who could debate among themselves.
"I thought of it before this play," Melvin said. "It's not just because of this."
Melvin said he would float the idea around the Brewers organization before deciding whether to bring it up during the general managers' meeting in the off-season.
Young Clemens charged
Koby Clemens, the 21-year-old oldest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, and two minor-league teammates with the Salem (Va.) Avalanche spent a little time behind bars last weekend.
After what police call a "disturbance" at a local restaurant, Clemens and Mark Ori were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Another teammate, Jimmy Goethals, was charged with assault and battery. All three were soon released on bond. Reached by the Roanoke Times, Clemens declined comment.
The newspaper said it has been a tough year for Clemens, a catcher, at the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. He hit .268 for the Avalanche, including seven homers, as he learned a new position. But he endured catcalls from fans over allegations of his father's alleged marital infidelities and use of performance-enhancing drugs during his career.
Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent will undergo surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The club will call up infielder Chin-lung Hu from triple-A Las Vegas to replace him. . . . The Blue Jays have traded David Eckstein, a hustling 5-foot-7 infielder, to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the NL West leaders a new spark plug down the stretch. . . . Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets, who has a history of injuries, left the game against the Mets yesterday after five innings due to tightness in his left groin.
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