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Hurdle unconcerned about pitch clock


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Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers huddle up during spring training in Bradenton - JOHN PERROTTO / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Major League Baseball will experiment with a pitch clock during the exhibition season and Clint Hurdle is unconcerned about how it will affect the Pirates’ pitching staff.

Pitchers will have 20 seconds after receiving the ball to throw a pitch. There will be no penalties assessed in spring training games for violations, though a ball will be added to the count if the rule goes into effect during the regular season.

The Pirates open Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.

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