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Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Seligs reign as commissioner.Whats important to remember is how. Because the same outsized contributions that earned him entry into the Hall of Fame should crack open the door wide enough for stars from the super-sized era to squeeze in behind him. Its time.One big reason attendance, TV revenues and franchise values all grew while he was in charge was that players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens -- taking advantage of a lax drug policy and the see-no-evil administration Selig headed for years -- bulked up even faster.So now that the Hall of Fame voters put him in, how are they going to justify keeping those two, as well as a handful of others, out?Well have a more definitive answer a year from now, when the Class of 2018 is announced and the 16-member veterans panel that elected Selig is done sifting through the games past to recognize other deserving candidates. But heres how at least one member of the current veterans committee feels.I dont believe any doors are open, said Andre Dawson, Class of 2010. I just dont think this is the time that that should be moved forward. I can echo the sentiments of some Hall of Famers on that. It may happen in the future.As a committee, he added, we didnt feel like we are the ones to make the decision at this time.At this time?For the better part of three decades, Hall voters have tried to have it both ways when it comes to steroids. Theres almost certainly more than a handful of players who showed up for their induction ceremony in Cooperstown wearing a baseball cap a size or two larger than the one they broke into the big leagues with. Others were racist, drunks, abusers and worse.Thus far, voters have had to sort through the names implicated in drug busts, whispering campaigns and supposedly inside information. Most of the time, theyve made decisions based on their gut. The result is about as unscientific and hypocritical as youd suspect.While the totals for both Bonds and Clemens -- by any objective measure, two of the most accomplished players ever -- creeped up slightly the last few years, theyve topped out at 45 percent (75 percent is required for induction). But just two years ago, Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell -- both admitted using a since-banned substance during their careers -- picked up more than half and nearly two-thirds of those same voters.So if nothing else, Seligs induction will remind us of something USA Todays Bob Nightengale said to Hall voters ahead of the 2016 class announcement, Come on, this isnt the Sistine Chapel.The Hall will rightly celebrate Selig for all the good hes done for the game. He was a patient, consensus-building boss who advocated tirelessly for small- and middle-market owners and always acted in what he genuinely believed were the best interests of baseball. If the bottom line was the only relevant consideration, Selig would have been carried into the Hall on the shoulders of all the owners whose pockets he lined with cash.But being good for the owners also made Selig bad for the players more than once, too. He was involved in the collusion scandal as an owner and led the palace coup to dethrone Fay Vincent and erase any remaining notions that the commissioners office was even-handed. He proved that by becoming the public face and backroom leader of the owners cabal that forced the most destructive strike in baseball history and the only cancellation of a World Series.But for all the pitched labor battles Selig waged, his biggest sin was turning a blind eye to the wave of PEDs that swept across baseball coming out of that 1994 strike. Remember, it was Selig who dispatched a team of scientists on a fact-finding mission -- read: junket -- to the Caribbean in 2002 to rummage through the factories where baseballs are made.Even he must have suspected by then they were poking under the wrong hides. And to his credit, Selig spent most of his last decade in office trying to clean up the mess. The safeguards in place are better and baseball is arguably less doped-up than its been in a long time.The veterans panel that put Selig in had all that information before casting ballots. The conclusion it reached is that, on balance, his record of service to the game outweighed those flaws. Bonds and Clemens and more than a few others who thrived during the steroid era -- like Selig and nearly everybody else in his employ -- deserve the same consideration.---(This version of story corrects Bonds and Clemens vote totals to 45 percent from one-third and that the next Hall of Fame class is 2018).Jim Litke is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and Adidas NMD R1 Mens Balck .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Adidas NMD R1 For Sale Mens . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. . 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Not only did the game go an extra inning, there was a 59-minute rain delay after the fifth.The Royals had Raul Mondesi and Jarrod Dyson, their two fastest runners, in scoring position with none out in the 10th but failed to score.Will it be difficult for the Royals to shake off such a defeat?What these guys did they fought to the bitter end, Royals manager Ned Yost said. It was a game we were down 4-to-nothing, battled back, tied the ball game under horrible conditions. It just wouldnt stop raining from the fifth inning on. We had the go-around run on second base. We just couldnt get it in.Thats a game, where you battle your tail off. You end up dont winning, so OK. You come back tomorrow and find a way to win. Its as simple as that.The Royals and Yankees had a fierce rivalry from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s. They met four times in the postseason with the Royals winning only once, 1980. With both teams competing for a postseason berth this season, that rivalry has been rekindled.I think its always exciting, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Youre talking about the team that won the World Series last year. It goes back years ago, with George Brett and all those guys. I think it is fun.Yankees rookie right-hander Luis Cessa will make his tthird start in the series finale Wednesday.dddddddddddd. Cessa became the second Yankees pitcher since 2004 to win each of his first two career starts, joining Shane Greene, who won on July 7 and July 12, 2014. Cessa has defeated the Angels and Orioles in his first two starts.Cessa, who will be making his 11th career appearance, is 4-0 with a 4.11 ERA. A dozen of the 15 runs he has allowed have scored on seven home runs -- four with the bases empty and a trio of three-run shots -- in 30 2/3 innings.This is Cessas fourth stint with the Yankees as he was recalled Aug. 11. He made the Opening Day roster as a reliever and made his major league debut on April 8, allowing a run in two innings at Detroit. He went 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA in ERA in 15 games, 14 of them starts, with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Right-hander Ian Kennedy will start for the Royals. Kennedy is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA in August, allowing four earned runs in 32 1/3 innings. Kennedy has allowed two runs or less in his past six starts.Kennedy was a Yankees 2006 first-round draft pick and made his major league debut with them in 2007 before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2009 season. He is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career appearances against the Yankees. He lost 7-3 on May 12 at Yankee Stadium.Jacoby Ellsbury, who had four hits and drove in the winning run in the 10th inning Tuesday, is a career .355, 65-for-183, against the Royals. 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