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MLB, Diamondbacks Set To Return For Mini Season

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 10:54am

Baseball is back, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are making plans for an upcoming, abbreviated season. It’ll be a mostly Western campaign.

The Diamondbacks will play most of their truncated schedule against their division rivals in the National League West.

Major League Baseball announced this week a 60-game season would start in late July with teams reporting to their own cities for "summer" spring training that will begin July 1.

To avoid excess travel, the D-Backs will play 40 games against familiar opponents in the NL West and 20 interleague games against the American League West.

Other notable changes: The National League, which normally lets pitchers bat, will use a designated hitter instead, like the American League. And the minor league rule for extra innings will be effect with every half inning after the ninth starting with a runner on second base.

Exact dates or times for games have yet to be announced.