Los Angeles Times

Pitch clock, shift limits coming


Major League Baseball is set to announce a pitch clock and limits on defensive shifts next season in an effort to shorten games and increase offense.

The competitio­n committee is set to adopt rules changes Friday, mandating a clock that will count down 15 seconds with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners.

The shift limit will require four players other than the pitcher and the catcher to be in front of the outfield grass when a pitch is thrown, including two of the four on either side of second base.


The injury-riddled New York Yankees placed infielder DJ LeMahieu (toe) on the 10-day injured list. … The Texas Rangers’ top prospect Josh Jung will be added to the roster before Friday’s series opener at home against Toronto as the 24-year-old third baseman prepares to make his major league debut.

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