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Even though I'm a Cardinals fan, I admire Joey Votto's approach to the game (All the Right Moves, Aug. 30). I also applaud the rise of the Reds this year. The NL Central has been a poor sister to most of the other divisions for some time. I enjoy the developing rivalry between the Cardinals and the Reds and would love for two playoff teams to come out of the division.
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In other sports that use instant replay, such as football, the action on the field stops immediately. Taylor mentioned the double (that was incorrectly ruled foul) by the Twins' Joe Mauer in the 2009 Division Series against the Yankees. If that call had been overturned, what would have happened if there had been a runner on first who went back after the foul call? Do we assume that runner would have made it to third? Maybe MLB commissioner Bud Selig is smart after all.

Tom Toups, New Orleans

Instant replay worked just fine at the Little League World Series. These were volunteer umpires, and this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the kids. They deserved to get the right calls in that type of high-pressure atmosphere.

Bob Frisk Arlington Heights, Ill.

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It is surprising to hear about an athlete such as Ryan Lochte, who won six gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships, making changes to improve his diet after he is already competing at the highest level (Move Over, Michael, Aug. 30). Because proper nutrition can make a big difference in performance, you would think athletes might use that advantage much earlier in their careers.

Steve Horwood, Tempe, Ariz.

I think this story is a bit premature. Let's wait until Lochte wins on a bigger stage, such as the world championships next year or the Olympics in 2012, especially since everyone knows that Michael Phelps is not in peak condition.

Christopher Rauber, San Jose

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