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MLB won’t bar Cabrera from title

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball appears unlikely to interfere if Melky Cabrera wins the NL batting title while serving his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.

The San Francisco Giants outfielder began Wednesday with a league-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen.

Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount if the Giants play 162 games, but baseball’s rules say he would win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat were added and he remained in the lead.

Says baseball Commissioner Bud Selig: “We’ll see how it all plays out. We generally don’t interfere in that process. We’ll take a look at it at the end of the year.”

Selig spoke Wednesday after a taping of the YES Network’s “CenterStage.”