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Pete Rose's lawyers finally presented their evidence to baseball, not that it appeared to make much difference in his banned-for-life status.

Rose's lawyers, Roger Makley and S. Gary Spicer, met in Dayton, Ohio, with Bob DuPuy, the top lawyer of Commissioner Bud Selig, and attacked the conclusions of the Dowd report, assembled in 1989 by baseball's chief investigator in the Rose case.

"We hope that this meeting will open a dialogue between Pete Rose and Commissioner Selig which may ultimately lead to his reinstatement to baseball," Spicer said.

Selig, who had let the application for reinstatement languish for nearly 2 1/2 years, was slowly moving toward the conclusion he will have to make a decision on it, two senior baseball officials said on the condition they not be identified.

Selig has said repeatedly he has seen no evidence that would make him alter the lifetime ban.

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