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MLB notebook: Collision rule slightly adjusted for force plays at plate

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ESPN reported Major League Baseball took a step toward tweaking its much-maligned home plate collision rule.

MLB sent a statement informing the 30 major league teams that umpires have been instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 on force plays at home plate.

The ruling was issued a week after MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre said the rules were interpreted incorrectly to overturn an apparent force play in a game between the Reds and Pirates.

Rule 7.13 prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession of the ball and decrees that baserunners with an open route to home plate cannot diverge from a direct path to initiate contact with a catcher or other player covering home.

First baseman Pena back with Rangers

Carlos Pena is back in the major leagues with the team that drafted him in the first round a while ago. Pena, 36, rejoined the Rangers on Tuesday, a week after signing a minor league deal and going to Triple-A Round Rock and 13 years after making his major league debut at first base with Texas. In seven games at Round Rock, Pena hit .333 (8 for 24) with one home run.

Machado's hearing set for Wednesday

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will have a hearing Wednesday on his appeal of a five-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Machado received the suspension and an undisclosed fine June 10 for intentionally throwing his bat onto the field in a game against the Athletics on June 8.

Athletics' Reddick returns from DL

The Athletics recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the DL because of a left calf strain. Reddick started in right field and batted seventh Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series against the Mets.

Dodgers' Ramirez sits against Royals

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch from Tuesday night's game against the Royals after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder. Ramirez has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and was scratched from a start against the Reds earlier this month.

Yankees' Beltran battles throwing woes

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran shut down his throwing program after feeling tightness in his right forearm following a session. Beltran has been limited to designated-hitter duty. He is batting .220 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, and he said he feels no pain when swinging the bat.

Phillies sign former All-Star Sizemore

The Phillies signed three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract. Sizemore batted .216 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs for Boston this season. He was released by the Red Sox on June 18.

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