Major League Baseball upheld an overturned call that occurred during Thursday's game between the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins after reviewing the ruling.
After Zack Cozart of the Reds was called out by home plate umpire Mike Winters on a throw home to Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis in the eighth inning, a review of the play overturned the call and Cozart was ruled safe. Officials ruled that Mathis was blocking the plate on the play.
The run tied the score at 1-1 and the Reds went on to win 3-1. If the original call stood, the inning would have ended with Miami up 1-0.
Mathis was in Cozart's running lane when he caught the throw home from Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, but the throw beat Cozart by several steps. Rule 7.13 states that a catcher may block the plate if he has the ball.
The review that overturned Winters' call took about six minutes.
"We realize that people may reasonably have different opinions regarding the application of Rule 7.13 in any particular instance because it is a judgment call," read a statement by MLB on Friday. "We are continuously evaluating the application of the new rule, and we anticipate a full review with all appropriate parties in the offseason in order to determine whether any changes should be made. We also recognize that the exorbitant length of last night's review, which was more than three times the season average, must be avoided in the future. That said, the most important goal of this rule has been to eliminate dangerous collisions at home plate, and it cannot be disputed that the rule has been very effective toward achieving this purpose."
---The Tampa Bay Rays expressed a collective sense of disappointment that left-hander David Price was traded to the Detroit Tigers before Thursday's deadline but vowed to continue pushing toward a playoff spot.
Several were relieved the team didn't execute a full fire sale, instead holding on to everyone else.
"I was hoping it wouldn't happen, but it did happen. So you move forward," manager Joe Maddon said. "This is how we have to operate. This is who we are."
---Left-hander Drew Smyly, acquired from the Tigers in the Price trade, is expected to join the Rays on Saturday and make his first start Tuesday.
Infielder Nick Franklin, acquired from the Seattle Mariners as part of the three-team trade, was sent to Triple-A Durham and shortstop Willy Adames to Class A Bowling Green.
---The New York Yankees made several roster as infielder Stephen Drew, infielder/outfielder Martin Prado and right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers reported to Boston for Friday night's game.
The Yankees designated infielder Brian Roberts for assignment and optioned infielder Zelous Wheeler and outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Drew and Prado were acquired by the Yankees as the clock expired on the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday. The Yankees claimed Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays.
---Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar has been ruled out for the rest of the season, according to multiple reports.
Profar, 21, has been sidelined with shoulder problems since spring training and eventually had surgery.
Profar did not play this season. He is about two weeks from starting a throwing program and may play in the Arizona Fall League in October or winter ball.
---Veteran pitcher Joe Saunders, who has bounced around the major leagues this season, signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles are Saunders' fifth organization this year. The left-hander was released by the Kansas City Royals earlier this week after posting a 1-2 record and a 6.75 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Omaha.
---The Cleveland Indians promoted outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.
Struggling right-hander Zach McAllister was designated for assignment (for the purpose of optional assignment to Columbus).
---The San Francisco Giants designated second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin for assignment and recalled second baseman Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker from Double-A Richmond.
---New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey threw off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last Oct. 22.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden was activated from the 15-day disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
---The Houston Astros selected the contract of right-hander Mike Foltynewicz from Triple-A Oklahoma, where he went 7-7 with a 5.08 ERA in 21 appearances (18 starts).