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7-inning doubleheaders? MLBers open to considering new ideas

Seven-inning doubleheaders could add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs.
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Colorado Rockies stretch before a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

TORONTO, ON — With opening day postponed until at least mid-May, this might be the year the baseball needs to try out some creative ideas. 

Here's one of them: seven-inning doubleheaders. Those have long been a staple of minor league and college baseball. 

Doubleheaders are rarely scheduled in Major League Baseball. But with the prospect of a shortened season because of the virus outbreak, shortened twinbills could be a new approach. 

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and Yankees manager Aaron Boone say seven-inning doubleheaders could add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs.

The regular season had been scheduled to begin Thursday before being delayed by the virus.

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