Baseball’s new home-plate collision rule has made another enemy.
The Miami Marlins were livid Thursday night after an application of Rule 7.13, often called the Buster Posey rule, overturned a play at the plate and gave the opposing Cincinnati Reds a run in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game. Not only that, but the overturned play at the plate, which would have been the third out, extended the Reds’ inning. They went on to score two more runs and win the game 3-1 .
We’ve seen Rule 7.13 cause controversy this season — mostly because no one seems to know how to apply it — but we haven’t seen it alter a game as much as it did for the Marlins in this case. There was one out in the eighth when Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right field, where Giancarlo Stanton caught it and threw home. His throw beat a tagging-up Zack Cosart pretty easily, and Cosart was called out on the field. It was an inning-ending double play.
But then the play was reviewed by the umpires in New York and, after six minutes and 10 seconds , the call was overturned and Cosart was safe. The inning continued. The game was tied. And Marlins manager Mike Redmond, an ex-catcher, fumed.

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The Washington Nationals nearly blew a three-run, ninth-inning lead for the second time in three days at Marlins Park. Nationals manager Matt Williams opted not to use closer Rafael Soriano and that plan nearly backfired. Miami’s win streak was snapped at six games. The Marlins trailed 4-1 to start the ninth inning against reliever Drew Storen.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed four hits over seven shutout innings and backup catcher Martin Maldonado drove in a career-high-tying four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.

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With the deadline on top of us, let’s take a look at the closer situations around the league.

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Mike Leake took care of both problems. Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run – a rare commodity for the Reds these days – leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. ”Fantastic job,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. Leake (8-9) pitched in that way, too.

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As the game went one with no hint that either team was capable of scoring, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero became philosophical. Whenever it goes really long, the Diamondbacks always win. Nick Ahmed’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when the innings pile up. Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.

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You want to know what type of game it was Monday night for the Cincinnati Reds? Just watch the video above.
There’s Jay Bruce — who was 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts — breaking his bat over his knee after going down on strikes in the ninth inning of a 1-1 game. Then there’s Todd Frazier — who was 0-for-6 in the Reds’ 15-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks — breaking his bat against home plate after a called strike two in the 14th inning.
Frazier didn’t even strike out on that pitch, or in that at-bat. He later grounded out, an achievement for him in a game in which he struck out four times. To be so upset you break your bat on strike two, that’s an indication of how frustrating things were for the Reds.

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First-year manager Rick Renteria knew he was getting into a tough situation when he signed on to help mentor the young Chicago Cubs, but he’s becoming increasingly more impressed with how his players are handling the consistent losing. The Cubs look to avoid a third straight defeat by dealing the Rockies a seventh consecutive road loss Monday night in the opener of this four-game series between the NL’s worst clubs. Chicago (42-61) is the lone team under .500 in the loaded NL Central, and it has dropped 15 of 19 after falling 1-0 to St. Louis on Sunday. Renteria’s task can be difficult with much of the roster acting as placeholders for the Cubs’ blossoming prospects currently in the minors, though he said the upbeat nature of his club has helped.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have activated utility infielder Jack Hannahan from the 60-day disabled list. He has missed the entire season following offseason shoulder surgery.

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