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Red Sox agree to deal with utility man Marwin Gonzalez.

The Detroit Tigers signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, a source with knowledge of the agreement told the Free Press on Thursday.

The source requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move.

Mazara, 25, played 42 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2020. A left-handed hitter, he logged a .228 batting average with one home run and 15 RBIs. In 2019 with the Texas Rangers, he hit .268 with 19 homers 66 RBIs.

He non-tendered by the White Sox in December. One year earlier, the White Sox acquired him from the Rangers for 24-year-old minor-league outfielder Steele Walker.

Nomar Mazara

Mazara is the fifth significant signing by the Tigers this winter, following right-handed pitcher Jose Urena, outfielder Robbie Grossman, catcher Wilson Ramos and second baseman Jonathan Schoop UFA.

Across five big-league seasons, Mazara has played for the Rangers (2016-19) and White Sox (2020). In 579 career games, he has a .258 batting average, 80 homers and 323 RBIs. He has defensive experience in right field (460 games) and left field (87 games).

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers sign outfielder Nomar Mazara for one year, $1.75 million

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Extra-inning, doubleheader rule changes back for 2021 MLB season.

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Extra-inning, doubleheader rule changes back for 2021 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago.

A couple of the more noteworthy rule changes enacted for the shortened 2020 baseball season will be back in 2021.

According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball and the MLB. Players Association have agreed on health-and-safety rules for spring training and the regular season.

Among those rules are the shortening of doubleheader games to seven innings apiece and the rule that starts every extra inning with a runner on second base.

The changes received mixed reviews from baseball fans in 2020, particularly the extra-inning rule change. Which was a dramatic departure from previous years.

Certain aspects of these changes from seasons past are undoubtedly in response to the pandemic. Shortening the length of doubleheaders and attempting to shorten the length of games that spin into extra innings reduce the amount of time.

Players are in close proximity to one another at a time when social distancing continues to be encouraged UFA.

But baseball known to have mulled these changes prior to the pandemic, with both the extra-inning rules, specifically, in effect in the minor leagues in 2019 as part of experimentation to decrease the length of games.

Not part of the reported agreement are the designated hitter’s return to the National League or the expanded postseason field .