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MLB moves to increase tolerance

ALBANY, N.Y. — Major League Baseball will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star Game festivities today with the players' union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major-league and minor-league player, provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

The announcement follows Schneiderman's agreement this year with the NFL to strengthen its policies. Some NFL prospects complained about questions they said where posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports.

Few professional athletes are openly gay, and gay rights groups have blamed the policies and atmosphere in sports for forcing gay athletes to hide their sexual orientations.

A-ROD UPDATE: The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hit the first home run of his rehab assignment and went 2-for-4 while playing seven innings at third base in his first game for Double-A Trenton. Rodriguez, who is coming back from offseason hip surgery, is scheduled to end his 20-day rehab Sunday.

In other Yankees news, OF Curtis Granderson, out since May 24 with a broken left pinkie, told ESPN that he thinks he'll return to the majors this month. Granderson has had no setbacks but has to build up strength before beginning a rehab assignment.

SURGERY FOR PHILLIE: Phillies CF Ben Revere is set to have surgery on his broken right foot today and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. "I think it's going to be something that's going to take a while," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "If that's the case, we'll probably be looking for a center fielder if there's one available." Revere broke his foot on a foul ball Saturday.

HISTORIC BALL AUCTIONED: Artie Gore made his major-league debut as an umpire on the same day — April 15, 1947 — that Jackie Robinson played his first major-league game. A ball from that game that was signed by Gore's fellow umpires is being auctioned off for more than $20,000 at the FanFest in New York as part of festivities for tonight's All-Star Game. Gore's nephew, Richard Flaherty, found the ball last year among the belongings at his father's home in Watertown, Mass.

FAKER?: Mets OF Jordany Valdespin tried to sidestep his demotion Saturday by imploring the team to put him on the disabled list with a trumped-up injury, Newsday reported. But when the team rebuffed his efforts, Valdespin threw a tantrum in the clubhouse in front of his stunned teammates. "You expected Jordany to understand it because he's been sent down before," manager Terry Collins said. "He didn't get it."

SETBACK FOR ACE: Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz, who had an AL-best 1.71 ERA when he was sidelined June 8 because of shoulder bursitis, said he still felt soreness during a bullpen session Sunday. He's expected to be reevaluated after the All-Star break.

CUBAN CLEARED: Touted Cuban RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was cleared to come to the United States by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and is free to sign with any team, mlb.com reported. Gonzalez, 26, defected from Cuba this year and lived in Mexico while waiting to get his unblocking license. Because he is older than 23 and played in Cuba's top league for more than three seasons, he will not be subject to MLB's international spending cap.

MLB moves to increase tolerance 07/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 10:08pm]
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