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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

New rule means Red Sox will be sliding into home

Catcher collisions are tweaked, not banned

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed on a rule change Monday, announcing the much-discussed revision that will ban purposeful collisions at home plate.

Rule 7.13 now says that a runner cannot initiate contact with the catcher (or another defensive player) when attempting to score. Catchers can block the plate but only after gaining possession of the ball.

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