The Guardian (Charlottetown)

MLB, union agree to seven-inning doublehead­ers: report


Doublehead­ers apparently are about to get shorter.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Associatio­n agreed to a deal that will cut each game in a doublehead­er to seven innings beginning today, Aug. 1, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal had tweeted earlier Thursday that the sides were working on a deal to reduce the length of doublehead­ers for the 2020 season only.

The idea behind the plan is to reduce the wear and tear on pitchers amid a regular season previously reduced to 60 games due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The schedule was altered further this week when the Miami Marlins experience­d a COVID-19 outbreak. The Marlins and their most recent opponent, the Philadelph­ia Phillies, haven’t played since Sunday, and neither will be back on the field again before next Monday at the soonest. The Phillies had two staffers test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

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