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New mercy rule bails RHP Garrett Richards out of first-inning jam in spring debut for Boston Red Sox – ESPN

With the bases loaded, and pitcher Garrett Richards struggling in his spring training debut, the Boston Red Sox cashed in on a new mercy rule, allowing them to…



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Garrett Richards had gotten only one out during his first spring training start, loading the bases and walking in one run before the Red Sox stopped the inning after 23 pitches.
Then he went back out for a 1-2-3 second inning.
“It’s building blocks man,” he said after being rescued by the new rule this spring training that allows managers to end an inning after a pitcher has thrown 20 pitches, regardless of how many outs or runners on base there are.
“Obviously, you want to finish it and you want…

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