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Didn’t know exception could’ve changed baserunner in 10th

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa acknowledged after Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park that he didn't realize he could have had José Abreu as his runner on second base in the top of the 10th inning instead of relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, as The Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale wrote in his game story.

MLB umpire Sam Holbrook, left, talks with Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The Reds won 1-0. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

When the White Sox manager called for Leury García to try to steal second with runners on the corners and one out, García was thrown out at second by Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, and Hendriks remained at third base.

Tweets from the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen and The Athletic's James Fegan indicated that La Russa said he wasn't previously familiar with an exception to Major League Baseball's rule that the player from the spot in the batting order who made the last out the previous inning starts on second base in the top of the next inning. 

The exception? If a pitcher is going to be the runner on second in extra innings, the team can instead use "the player preceding the pitcher in the batting order" as its baserunner.


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