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Beat the clock: Pitchers put on timers in high minors

In this March 3,  2015, file photo, a clock counts down as Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein, left, prepares to deliver his first pitch of the second inning to Baltimore Orioles' Matt Tulasosopo during a spring training exhibition baseball game  in Lakeland, Fla. Pitchers will have to beat the clock at Triple-A and Double-A this season. In an effort to speed games, Minor League Baseball's governing body said Tuesday, March 24, 2015, a ball will be called in the count starting May 1 when a pitcher fails to start his windup or reach the set position within 20 seconds after having possession of the ball on the mound. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pitchers will have to beat the clock at Triple-A and Double-A this season.

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The Big Shift: Infields spin in response to data explosion

In this March 10, 2015, photo, with Houston Astros Chris Carter at bat in the top of the sixth inning and a runner on first, all infielders except the first baseman are shifted toward the left side of the field  during a spring training baseball game in Dunedin, Fla. Back in 2011, when a large portion of the sport lingered in a Data Dark Age, teams shifted 2,357 times on balls hit in play, according to Baseball Info Solutions. Shifts nearly doubled to 4,577 the following year, rose to 8,180 in 2013 and 13,296 last season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

COPLAY, Pa. (AP) — Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night.

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