Playoff rosters can be reset if series opener delayed

Updated: February 12, 2007, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Major league teams will be able to change their postseason rosters if their series opener is postponed.

When their NL Championship Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out last year, the Mets said that if given the chance they might have carried 12 pitchers instead of 11 if they had the opportunity to switch. Teams had to set their rosters by the morning the opener was scheduled to be played.

"The interpretation beginning with the upcoming postseason will be that a series is deemed to have begun when the lineup cards are handed in for the first game," baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. said Monday. "Thus, a team involved in an early rainout of Game 1 of a series will be able to reset its roster, since the series will not have started."

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