© 2007 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

02/12/07 4:32 PM ET

Playoff roster deadlines changed

Teams can alter rosters if series opener is postponed

NEW YORK -- Major League teams will be able to change their postseason rosters if their series opener is postponed.

When their National League Championship Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out last October, the Mets said that if given the chance they might have carried 12 pitchers instead of 11 if they had the opportunity to switch. Teams had to set their rosters by the morning the opener was scheduled to be played.

"The interpretation beginning with the upcoming postseason will be that a series is deemed to have begun when the lineup cards are handed in for the first game," Major League Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. said on Monday. "Thus, a team involved in an early rainout of Game 1 of a series will be able to reset its roster, since the series will not have started."

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.