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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH

CINCINNATI -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson gathered reporters around his laptop in the visiting manager's office on Monday at Great American Ball Park to take one more look at the play in Sunday's game in which catcher Miguel Montero was ruled in violation of Rule 7.13 for blocking the plate, overturning the initial ruling that Ryan Howard was thrown out at home in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies.

Gibson paused the frames to clearly show Montero positioned properly in front of the plate while waiting for the throw, then moving back in front of the plate while reacting to the direction of the ball.

"He's right where we've taught him to go," said Gibson, pointing to his screen. "He moved to the front of the plate to catch the throw, not block the plate. It's a tough one."

Gibson said the tape will be sent to Major League Baseball's offices in New York to help further clarify the much-maligned rule that was instituted this past offseason to help reduce home-plate collisions.

"They make things so difficult with that new rule," Montero told MLB.com. "The game's been 100 years with that old rule, catchers have been getting run over for years. Now is the point where we needed a change? What for? I guess that's what catching is made up for. I'd much rather get killed. Seriously, I'd much rather be run over. Come get me."

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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 46-60

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Diamondbacks (RHP Trevor Cahill, 1-7, 5.72 ERA) at Reds (RHP Mike Leake, 7-9, 3.73 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--INF/C Jordan Pacheco was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Pacheco can play first, second, third, catcher and outfield. "Kind of a super utility guy," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "That's the plan for him so far." Pacheco hit .269 with a double and six RBIs in eight rehab games for Triple-A Reno and the Arizona League D-backs.

--INF/OF Nick Evans was placed on unconditional release waivers on Monday. Evans batted .273 with two homers and seven RBIs, but played in just 18 games.

--2B Aaron Hill was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game with a bruised right hand after being struck by a pitch on Saturday. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Hill was better and could possibly pinch-hit on Monday. Hill is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

--RHP Chase Anderson, facing Cincinnati for the first time in his career, held the Reds hitless in six of his seven six innings, including the sixth when he fanned three straight batters. Anderson allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out eight.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a long game. Great pitching on both sides. Our bullpen was shot. Now it's really shot. You get into games like this and everybody's trying to end it (with a homer). You try not to, but that's what happens." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, after Monday's game went 15 innings.

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