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Report: MLB proposes putting a runner on second base to start the 11th inning in the All-Star Game

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The Associated Press is reporting that Major League Baseball has suggested, as part of its pace-of-game proposal, that a runner be put on second base to start the 11th inning and each additional inning in the All-Star Game in order to speed up the game. This proposed rule would be used in the 10th inning and later during spring training games as well and no spring training games would go beyond 10 innings.

The MLBPA isn’t expected to oppose the rule as it helps reduce player injuries in games that don’t count.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has made pace of play something of a pet cause and has said that he will implement changes with or without agreement with the players’ union. Other suggested changes have included a pitch clock and a limit on mound visits.

The Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.