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NPB / Extra-Inning Games to be Limited to 10 Innings This Season

Ed Odeven




In a curious move aimed at minimizing the potential for COVID-19 cases, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Wednesday evening that extra-inning games will be limited to 10 innings this season.


NPB games are declared ties after 12 innings under normal protocol.


The 12-team league and the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association sought advice from an infectious disease expert before the new rule for this season, which gets underway next Friday, was implemented.


In related news, the NPB said on Monday that players and coaches would be subjected to coronavirus testing each month during the delayed 2020 season.


Umpires, coaches and players are undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests before the season begins.


A panel of infection disease experts made the recommendations for testing.


Teams are scheduled to play 120 games in the abbreviated season instead of 143.


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Author:  Ed Odeven

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.