Daily Distractions: MLB owners approve expanded replay for 2014.

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Get ready for the “manager’s challenge.”

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that a new instant replay policy was adopted Thursday morning by MLB owners, beginning next season, that would allow one manager’s challenge in the first six innings and two more beginning in the seventh inning. The challenged calls would be reviewed by an off-site crew at MLB headquarters in New York. Balls and strikes would not be subject to review.

The policy is expected to be formally adopted at the next owner’s meetings in November.

The net benefit to the game could be a good one. The policy is a success if a bad call never decides the outcome of a game (or a perfect game) again.

Yet you wonder how much slower the games will be as a result of the policy and how soon — not if — MLB will make the inevitable tweaks to the system. It’s not likely that baseball gets this right on the first try.

Some more bullet points for a Dodgers off-day:

Andre Ethier‘s last two days have been a contrast of opposites.

• While the Dodgers are rolling, Matt Kemp can only sit and watch, writes colleague Vincent Bonsignore.

Here’s an animated .gif of LaTroy Hawkins taking a baseball in the groin.

• Eye-opening line from USA Today: “The Dodgers’ success is even good for the rival Los Angeles Angels, owner Arte Moreno says, predicting that the Dodgers could draw 4 million fans by the year’s end.”

• George Lopez confronted Vin Scully in an elevator after last night’s game. The imaginary thought bubble over Scully’s exasperated face in this photo says more than Lopez’s pedestrian caption.

• Sports writers have to hedge against a late-inning comeback by the losing team by writing two possible game stories for publication. So don’t attribute yesterday’s outcome to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, even though he threw this on Twitter before the ninth inning started.

• “Echoes” by Leon Thomas

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.