Major Leagues set to pick up pace in 2015 race


LOS ANGELES: The talent-packed Washington Nationals, hard-luck Cubs and Seattle’s maturing Mariners are among the clubs tipped to contend as the clock starts ticking on Sunday (Monday in Manila) on the 2015 Major League Baseball season. America’s pastime, famed as a game ideally suited to the lazy days of summer, will feature new rules this year designed to boost the pace of play. A game clock will time breaks between innings and pitching changes, and players could also face fines for time-wasting in the batter’s box as MLB tries to speed up games that last year averaged more than three hours for the first time in history.



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