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Rule on home-plate collisions still unclear to Orioles manager Buck Showalter

Rule on home-plate collisions still unclear to Orioles manager Buck Showalter

CHICAGO — Orioles manager Buck Showalter still is trying to figure out baseball’s new rule on home plate collisions. In the Orioles’ 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, third baseman Chris Davis was called out at home as he tried to score from second base. It was obvious that Cubs catcher John Baker made a clean tag on Davis. What wasn’t clear was whether he was blocking home plate. Under a new rule Major League Baseball implemented this year, in an effort to avoid collisions at the plate, a base runner has the right to an unobstructed path to home. Showalter received a crew chief review — meaning he didn’t have to use a challenge for the play to...

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