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In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros relief pitcher Justin Verlander, left, and catcher Brian McCann talk during the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. The new rules announced Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player. (Charles Krupa/AP, File)

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MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.