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MLB: Ben Zobrist’s cleats are a violation

Major League Baseball has warned Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs against wearing black cleats.

Zobrist posted a letter from the league office on Instagram saying the cleats he wore May 2 against Colorado violated the collective bargaining agreement. MLB says they must be at least 51% blue — the Cubs’ color — and warned he could be fined and disciplined if he doesn’t comply.

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The San Diego Padres have designated struggling third baseman Chase Headley for assignment and recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from triple-A El Paso. ... The Washington Nationals placed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 10-day disabled list and promoted veteran infielder Mark Reynolds from triple-A Syracuse. ... The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Tyler Naquin on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring and activated left-hander Tyler Olson from the paternity list. ... The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies were rained out after a one-hour rain delay Saturday night.

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