Pitcher safety against liners still issue for MLB

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Helmets? Protective cap liners? A protective screen, like in batting practice? All of these have been suggested. None have been acclaimed in baseball. Neither by rookies or veterans.

“I’m not going to overreact to that because I’m not real sure a guy can pitch with a helmet to be honest with you,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I can’t imagine a pitcher out there pitching with an ear flap on. … I hate to sound cold about it because I don’t mean to, but I’m not sure that’ll work.”

Ideally, baseball won’t have to find out.

“Hopefully it doesn’t get to the point where there is a mandate to wear something,” Pestano said. “Because that would mean something tragic has happened.”

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AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, Larry Lage in Detroit and Janie McCauley in San Francisco, and AP freelancers Brian Dulik in Cleveland and Mark Schmetzer in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

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