Interleague intrigue

Pudge facing the Marlins and bragging rights for SoCal are among the best matchups this season.

Originally Published: June 8, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Introduced seven years ago, interleague play has undoubtedly lost some of its novelty, a fact acknowledged by its strongest proponents and its chief architect, commissioner Bud Selig.

"Not every [interleague] series is special," Selig concedes.

But, as Selig is quick to add, not every intraleague series has appeal. Sure, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City is pretty drab, but then, so is Pittsburgh vs. Colorado or Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay, for that matter.

Thankfully, a full-scale rotation ...

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