Boston -- Having the World Series in Boston has allowed Major League Baseball to put its interview on hold with the most recent player accused of using human growth hormone.
Bob DuPuy, MLB's chief operating officer, said last night that because the Indians didn't win the American League Championship Series, Cleveland pitcher Paul Byrd doesn't need to be interviewed until after the World Series.
Byrd said last week that he took hGH via prescription for a pituitary gland problem and was supposed to meet with MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred to tell his side of the story before the World Series.
"There was a concern that Byrd was going to be in the World Series," DuPuy said. "Once Cleveland was eliminated, that sense of immediacy, given the constraints of the playoffs and World Series, went away. He will be interviewed in short order, but as you know, we are in Boston and not Cleveland."
Several of the players who reportedly received shipments of hGH - including Orioles first baseman Jay Gibbons - have met with Manfred in New York. DuPuy said it's possible those players would be summoned again "if there is a need to talk to them again, but right now nothing is scheduled."
DuPuy and commissioner Bud Selig declined to comment on other steroid issues.
The official first pitch of the 2007 World Series came at 8:37 p.m. from Boston starter Josh Beckett to Rockies center fielder Willy Taveras. Taveras also was Beckett's first strikeout victim.
Boston's Dustin Pedroia had the first hit and homer of the Series with a bases-empty shot to left field in the first inning.
He's the second player in Series history to hit a Game 1 leadoff homer in his team's first inning. The other was the Orioles' Don Buford in 1969 against the New York Mets.
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