ARLINGTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia was pleased with Major League Baseball's memo on Tuesday regarding Rule 7.13, which states that runners would only be ruled safe if their path was directly impeded by opposing catchers blocking home plate without the ball.
On Wednesday, though, that clarification worked against him, when umpires confirmed via replay that Howie Kendrick was out at home even though Rangers catcher Tomas Telis blocked home plate without the ball.
With runners on first and second, one out and the Angels leading, 2-0, in the first, Erick Aybar lined a single up the middle, but Leonys Martin came up with a strong one-hop throw home to record the out. Telis caught it on one knee while situated on the line, but the throw came in way before Kendrick, who didn't even slide.
The ruling seemed to fall in line with MLB's intent with the new plate-blocking rule, which is meant to avoid collisions between the runner and the catcher, not to award teams a run on a technicality.
Scioscia didn't lose his challenge, because Rule 7.13 can be examined with a crew-chief review. Instead he used it to get a call overturned in the fifth inning, when umpires originally ruled that Luis Sardinas beat Aybar's throw for an infield single.
Replay showed that the ball landed in Albert Pujols' glove just before Sardinas' foot hit the bag, prompting umpires to overturn the call and end the inning.
The Angels are now 18-for-32 in getting challenges overturned this season.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.