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    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander David Wells was summoned to New York to discuss his criticism of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

    Wells' agent, Gregg Clifton, was due to take an overnight flight to join Wells for a Wednesday meeting at the commissioner's office that was not expected to include Selig.

    Rich Levin, a Selig spokesman, said he had not heard anything about a meeting before he left the office Tuesday evening.

    The meeting was first reported by The Boston Globe and was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person who helped arrange the session who spoke on condition he not be identified because of involvement.

    Red Sox officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but on Monday they apologized to the commissioner and said Wells' comments "do not in any way reflect the views of the club."

    Wells lashed out at Selig after losing his appeal of a six-game suspension on Monday, saying the commissioner "isn't doing a thing" about steroids. The pitcher, who called Selig an "idiot" in a spring training interview with the Hartford Courant, accused Selig of retaliating for his past comments in handing out the latest suspension.

    The boisterous lefty also claimed Selig withheld results of Rafael Palmeiro's steroids test to avoid detracting from the Hall of Fame inductions.

    "Mr. Wells' statement that the discipline was delayed is pure fiction," said Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations. "With respect to the larger issue of steroids, Mr. Wells is obviously unaware that commissioner Selig has proposed a tougher steroid policy for the industry and that such a policy can be imposed only through collective bargaining."

    Wells was notified that his appeal failed in a letter from the commissioner's office, which he taped above his locker with the handwritten notation, "My Boy Bud!"

    "I'm really holding back because I've got a lot of negative things to say," he said. "I can't wait to win the World Series and have Bud Selig come up there [with the trophy]. I really can't. Who knows what will come out then."

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