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Play Ball! Baseball Season Gets Underway

Apr 3, 2015

The 2015 Major League Baseball season opens Sunday night with the St. Louis Cardinals playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The rest of the teams open their seasons Monday.

If you go by the Las Vegas odds, the Washington Nationals (5 to 1) are the favorites to win the World Series this year, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers (8 to 1), Los Angeles Angels (12 to 1), St. Louis Cardinals (13 to 1), and the Boston Red Sox (14 to 1).

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A long quiet history of the Tejano baseball leagues is starting to raise its voice. In the early 1900s, baseball in south Texas was a big deal. The Brownsville Tigers, the Mission 30-30s, the San Antonio Bears and many, many more were playing all across the region to healthy crowd sizes of well dressed fans. Some of these teams dated back to the 1800s.

Speeding Up The Game Of Baseball

Mar 3, 2015

Major League Baseball’s spring training games are underway in Florida and Arizona – and clocks are ticking. After last season’s average game lasted a record 3 hours and 2 minutes, the push is on to speed things up.

Doug Tribou of NPR’s Only A Game joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to explain how the league plans to do that, and how the players are reacting.

Concerned by game times that have bloated beyond three hours, Major League Baseball is putting baseball on a diet for the 2015 season. In upcoming games, timers will regulate the pause between innings, and hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box nearly all the time.