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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
MLB to have Atlantic League experiment with moving back mound, ‘double-hook’ DH  —  Major League Baseball has once again teamed with the independent Atlantic League to test rule changes, with the current set aimed at keeping starting pitchers in the game longer and creating more balls in play.
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Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Two new rules to be tested in Atlantic League  —  The independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball will experiment with two revolutionary rule changes in the 2021 season, limiting teams' use of the designated-hitter position to when their starting pitcher is in the game and lengthening …
MLB.com:
MLB, Atlantic League announce experimental playing rules for 2021 Atlantic League season  —  MLB's Partner League will test ‘Double-Hook’ DH and pushed back pitching rubber in 2021  —  Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today jointly announced …
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Washington Post:
In the minors, a major change as the Atlantic League plans to move the mound back a foot  —  The Atlantic League, a hotbed for innovation in baseball, will announce plans Wednesday to move the pitcher's mound back 12 inches from home plate this season, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangement.
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Tarek Fattal / Daily News:
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Astros put five players on injured list due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols  —  The Houston Astros placed five players, including former All-Star infielders Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, on the injured list Wednesday due to health and safety protocols, general manager James Click announced.
Mike DeFabo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins players, coaches vaccinated during event at PPG Paints Arena  —  On Monday, the Penguins partnered with UPMC to vaccinate more than a thousand local residents against COVID-19.  —  The Penguins also offered the shot to players and coaches on a voluntary basis during the event at PPG Paints Arena.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Umpire Joe West is awarded $500,000 in defamation lawsuit against former player Paul Lo Duca  —  You can scream at him, curse at him, and call him names, but if you attempt to discredit veteran umpire Joe West's credibility, well, be ready to pay a lot bigger price than simply being thrown out of a game.
Associated Press:
Struggling Washington Nationals get back Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell, Josh Harrison  —  WASHINGTON — Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were reinstated from the injured list Monday by the Washington Nationals, making the team's roster nearly whole again after a coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels' Dexter Fowler out for season with torn ACL  —  Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the team announced Sunday.  —  Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into second base on an attempted forceout …
Orange County Register:
Villa Park's Sydney Somerndike voted Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week  —  Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week  —  Athlete: Sydney Somerndike School: Villa Park Sport: Softball  —  Noteworthy: The Arizona commit fired her first perfect game in an 8- victory against JSerra …
 
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