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Henry Aaron has no plans to read "Game of Shadows," but the slugger says Bud Selig is trying to do the right thing.
Aaron is in a brutal position on this whole issue. If he rips Barry Bonds for his alleged steroid use, he'll come off to some as a bitter player, and if he says good things, he'll probably be giving Bonds more credit than Aaron might privately think he deserves.
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Talk to front-office people and you'll get a wide range of opinions on the importance of carrying a lefty reliever or three. Proponents say that a bullpen stacked with lefties can have an impact on an opposing team's lineup composition on a given night. And with so many game-breaking sluggers hitting from the left side -- from David Ortiz to Carlos Delgado to Barry Bonds -- lefty relievers can provide a nice late-inning comfort zone.
A sampling of Opening Day rosters shows that teams are running the gamut in 2006. With starter A.J. Burnett on the disabled list, Toronto began the season with two lefty setup men and a lefty closer, B.J. Ryan. The Phillies have five righty starters and three lefty relievers: Rheal Cormier, Aaron Fultz and Arthur Rhodes.
In contrast, you can traverse the state of Florida without finding a lefty reliever. Both the Marlins and Devil Rays are going with all-righty pens.
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