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MLB pairs Dodgers, Mariners for combined Civil Rights and Jackie Robinson Day game

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will host Seattle in Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game on April 15, the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the sport’s color barrier.

The game, already part of the schedule, will be held in conjunction with MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

“Combining the Civil Rights Game with Jackie Robinson Day will make both events bigger and provide more focus on that issue on a particularly appropriate day,” commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We think we make both events bigger by putting them together.”

The Civil Rights game started in 2007. The Dodgers also will host MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball event and host a baseball and civil rights movement round-table discussion.

Manfred said keeping the game on April 15 may make sense going forward.

“That’s kind of our intention,” he said. “But no final decision on that topic.”

Pete Rose pitches reinstatement

Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball.

The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban in August 1989 following an investigation by Major League Baseball that concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while managing the team. He applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met in November 2002 with commissioner Bud Selig, who never ruled on the application.

“I do have a formal request from Pete,” Manfred said. “What I intend to do is be in communication with his representatives, and we’ll talk about how we’ll handle it from a process perspective.”

Clearing the bases

Baltimore released left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson. The 40-year-old former Washington State baseball and basketball player was trying to make a comeback. … Pitcher Cliff Lee has been placed on the 60-day disabled list by Philadelphia to attempt to rehabilitate an elbow injury without surgery. The team said an operation was recommended. Lee has a torn common flexor tendon and was told last week to stop throwing in spring training. … Cleveland pitcher Gavin Floyd will have surgery on a fractured bone in his right elbow, the same injury he had last year and missed most of the season with Atlanta. He will have the operation today at the Cleveland Clinic and could miss the whole season.

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has a torn elbow ligament and if he needs replacement surgery, he likely would be out until early in the 2016 season. After an MRI on Saturday, the 24-year-old right-hander traveled to New York to “confirm the diagnosis” and discuss with the team medical director on how to proceed. The announcement came one day after the team said Josh Edgin, the Mets’ most-established left-handed reliever, will have elbow-ligament replacement surgery this week. … CC Sabathia has been brought along at a deliberate pace by the Yankees, who have been extra cautious with the 34-year-old’s right knee. He will make his debut today.

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