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New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and executive Joe Torre explained some of the parameters Tuesday, one day after MLB imposed stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed up games.

Umpires will keep players from proceeding to see the pitcher if six mound visits have already occurred.

Manfred says: "I don't see pace of games issues as harsh or not harsh. I see them as a fan friendly issue."


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