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The Major Leagues return, the best baseball in the world.

The emotions will begin this Thursday in the United States and the teams are ready to hit the ball and make the best catches.

The wait is over, the fast is over, the fans of the different teams want to enjoy the emotions of this sport that they are so passionate about. Read here: Do not give up!: Julio Tehran continues to fight for a chance with San Diego

Some changes

1. Pitch Clock: This is a new system being implemented. The pitcher will have a maximum of 15 seconds to throw to home plate without men on base and 20 seconds when there are men on the pads.

2. Limit on special formations: With this the defensive formation ends, since each team must have a minimum of four players inside the box, two on the right and two on the left. The times of the four outfielders in some plays have already passed.

3. Change of size of bases: The pads will be 18 inches and not 15 as before. With this, the aim is to avoid clashes between the players, in addition to encouraging the stealing of bases, which helps in the emotions of this spectacle.

Thursday’s day

This is the first day with Colombian time in the Major Leagues.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals (12:05 p.m.)

San Francisco Giants vs. New York Yankees (12:05 p.m.)

Baltimore Orioles vs. Medias Rojas de Boston (1:10 p.m.)

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs (1:20 p.m.)

Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2:10 p.m.)

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Texas Rangers (3:05 p.m.)

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (3:10 p.m.)

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (3:10 p.m.)

Toronto Bluejays vs. St. Louis Cardinals (3:10 p.m.)

Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals (3:10 p.m.)

New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins (3:10 p.m.)

Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago White Sox Houston Astros (6 p.m.)

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics (9:07 p.m.)

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (9:10 p.m.)

Cleveland Guardians vs. Marineros de Seatlle (9:10 p.m.)

Aaron Judge, star of the New York Yankees.

Dates to keep in mind

July 7-11: 2023 MLB Draft

July 11: All-Star Game 2023

August 20: Little League Classic

October 1: The regular phase ends

October 3: Playoffs begin

The favorites

To reach the final and win it, some favorites appear, although this does not mean that others cannot achieve it.

On the most optioned list at the moment they appear: Houston Astros, Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox and Padres.