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Rizzo speaks with Major League Baseball; no discipline for plate collision

The Chicago Cubs got two home runs on the night and Rizzo (1-for-3) continued his leadoff home run surge, as the Cubs made it three-straight wins.Padres pitchers Trevor Cahill and Clayton Richard received their World Series rings from the Cubs hours before Tuesday’s game.The fact that Hedges left the game afterwards with what was later determined to be a right thigh bruise only fuels that fire.” A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate), or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision”.After the Orioles rallied from a 5-2 deficit to pull even, Machado doubled off Bryan Shaw (1-2) in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Adam Jones.Hedges had to leave the game with an injury and is now day-to-day. “I’ll probably see how it feels on Wednesday”, Zobrist said. “The league looked at it, and it’s over with now”. Since Hedges held onto the ball, there was no need for home plate umpire Jeff Nelson to use the rule (which is now Rule 6.01 (i) in the revised rule book) in calling Rizzo out. He caught the ball and went towards the plate so I went in – I slid in there – it was a hard slide.”I just got the wind knocked out of me”, said Hedges in the clubhouse, while admitting he would have to “take another look” at the collision. It was just too bad. “I don’t. Anybody who goes into that, they don’t know what they’re talking about where Buster was at on that play”.Hedges was out of the lineup Tuesday. The catcher hopes to play today in the finale of the three-game series.Rizzo, recently seen dropping F-bombs at a home plate umpire over a homer called foul in Pittsburgh, wasn’t really that aggro over the play. I don’t have any idea how anyone watching that replay could honestly say Rizzo deviated from his path.NORTHEASTERN IS partnering with Major League Baseball to provide educational opportunities for big league players. “By no means do I think that’s a dirty play at all”.Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn’t dispute Torre’s interpretation, but stated his objection to the rule, which mandates runners stay on a direct path and catchers can not block the plate without the ball.The Cubs think the play was clean and the Padres thing it was dirty. Willson Contreras led off the seventh with a home run, and the Cubs went ahead later in the inning on a double by Albert Almora Jr. and a fielding error by left fielder Jose Pirela that allowed Javier Baez to score from first base. “But I think we’re all pretty confident we can get this done”.San Diego is 17-43 in their last 60 road games and 1-4 in Chacin’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games overall.