Monday, January 22, 2018
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MLB wants games to pick up the pace

MIAMI — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says more rule changes are needed to speed up play, and one proposal being considered is a limit on pitching changes in an inning or a game.

The majors shaved several minutes off the average game time last season, but games have been slightly longer in 2016.

"We've slipped back a little bit this year, and pace of play is one of those issues where we're going to continually need to evaluate the rules we have," Manfred said. "And we're going to need to continually work with our players to stay focused on the issue."

Manfred has said he's in favor of a limit on relief pitchers, but he didn't lobby for it Wednesday.

"We look at all aspects of the game all the time," he said. "I don't want to put particular emphasis on that one."

Manfred spoke at the Phillies' game at Marlins Park, where he helped unveil the logo for the 2017 All-Star Game. It will be played next July 11, with the Marlins hosting the game in their 25th season.

"Miami is going to be a great venue," Manfred said.

RANGERS ADD PITCHING: Texas acquired RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves for minor-league INF Travis Demeritte. Harrell has a 3.38 ERA in five starts since getting called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Before playing in Korea last season, he appeared in 88 games from 2011-14 for the White Sox and Astros. Alvarez has a 3.00 ERA in 16 relief appearances. In other Rangers news, 1B/DH Prince Fielder is set to have his season-ending surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

INDIANS: RHP Zach McAllister, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a sore right hip, is scheduled to make a rehab appearance today at Double-A Akron before the club decides whether to activate him.

NATIONALS: INF Stephen Drew, bothered by vertigo-like symptoms for the past week, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

WHITE SOX: 2B Brett Lawrie went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a left hamstring injury. INF Carlos Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

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