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June 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Tuesday’s pregame notes and lineups vs. the Red Sox


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Update 4:02 p.m. 

So MLB made an adjustment to the home plate collision rule based on this play from last night. 

Here’s what MLB sent to every team.

A number of questions recently have arisen about the application of Official Playing Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate.  Rule 7.13 was adopted in order to prevent unnecessary collisions at home plate between a runner attempting to score and a catcher attempting to make a tag play on the runner.  The Rule as intended has no function or purpose in the context of a force play (i.e., a runner attempting to score from third with the bases loaded).  As a result, effective immediately, Umpires will be instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate.  However, please note that runners attempting to score must continue to adhere to the Playing Rules that govern interfering with a fielder attempting to complete a play.  See, e.g., Rule 6.05(m).  Similarly, the Rules against obstruction would still apply to a catcher who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.  See Rule 2.00 (“Obstruction”).  Contact between a runner and a catcher standing on home plate during a force out attempt is still be permissible, within the limits of Rule 6.05(m); but, while force plays at the plate will continue to be reviewable by video replay, a determination of whether interference or obstruction occurred during such plays shall not be reviewable.


In talking with John Buck, one of the veteran catcher who was consulted by the rules committee in the presaeason, he found it amusing that the play happened to Russell Martin. He said that during the initial stages of the implementing the new rule, Martin brought up that very play as an issue.

Lloyd McClendon had not read the change.

“No,” he said. “And I don’t care.”

“We are going to do what we’ve always done give,” he said. “We’ll give the runner the backside of the plate. Get the ball and take it away.”

McClendon wasn’t a big fan of the rule back in spring training.

“In my mind the only thing that should have been an issue in the first place was – as a catcher you are taught, and I leanred this a long time ago, if you don’t want guys coming at you as a target, give them something to shoot for. Give them the backside of the plate. The only issue I had was penalizing runners that target catchers, guys going out of their way or changing directions to target catchers. But if you block a plate and don’t give a runner anything to slide for, then you should be penalized.”

*** Justin Smoak is eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow. McClendon said he will meet with GM Jack Zduriencik after the game tonight to discuss the situation. The Rainiers don’t play tomorrow and then are in El Paso on Thursday. They may want to keep Smoak on his rehab assignment for longer, though the Mariners only have one first base option – Logan Morrison. That may be a factor.

*** Michael Saunders comes off the DL on Thursday. I wouldn’t be surprised if he joined the Mariners tomorrow and just worked out pregame. The Mariners are off on Thursday.

People have asked the roster moves that would be made. Obviously, Montero would be gone. The other could be Stefen Romero or Cole Gillespie. Romero has played sparingly of late.  And the Mariners could get him every day playing time at Tacoma.

*** Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t throw a bullpen again this week in between starts. He threw a flat ground session instead. He’s still battling some neck stiffness. Chris Young also didn’t throw a bullpen session either. McClendon said it’s a good way for starters to freshen up.

“I don’t know when the last time Felix threw a bullpen session,” McClendon said. “And he’s doing okay.”

Here are the Mariners’ numbers against Jake Peavy

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The Red Sox hitters don’t have a lot of experience against Erasmo Ramirez

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From earlier .. 

The Red Sox lineup isn’t out yet. It’s interesting look for the Mariners. They have Buck at DH and batting ninth. People have asked about why Jesus Montero isn’t playing. I’m guessing obvious reasons. Montero just isn’t a capable contributor in the eyes of Lloyd McClendon. Nothing that I’ve seen from Montero proves otherwise. Let’s be realistic, it took two injuries and the struggles of other players and being on the 40-man roster to get Montero to the big league club. My guess is he’ll be joining the Rainiers very soon.

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