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MLB conduct policies to be strengthened

– Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on 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 player. It also will provide training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

“Just making people aware,” Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Monday night. “I think that’s part of the reason, if they’re going to do that, that’s why they would do it. Just put it out there and kind of be ahead of it instead of behind it.”

“I think it’s already out there. I think what’s happened in basketball and all this stuff, it’s better just to get out there and be ready for it,” he said.

Just a number

Jordan Zimmermann has the best record in the NL. He is not particularly impressed with himself.

“I’m not a big fan of the win-loss record,” the Washington starter said. “Some years the run support’s there, some years it’s not.”

The right-hander is 12-4 this season with a 2.58 ERA. That’s only slightly better than that of teammate Stephen Strasburg, who is 5-7 despite a 2.99 ERA.

Ex-TinCap’s debut

Former Wizards and TinCaps pitcher Colt Hynes made his major league debut with San Diego on Sunday as the tally of Fort Wayne alums to reach the majors hit 117.

Hynes pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Padres’ 10-1 win against San Francisco. His debut with the Padres came six years after he was selected by the organization in the 2007 draft.

Hynes spent all of 2008 and part of 2009 in Fort Wayne. The 28-year-old reliever was 0-2 as a Wizard in 2008 with a 4.60 ERA. As a TinCap in 2009, Hynes was 2-0 out of the bullpen with a 1.62 ERA.