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Angels, A’s make MLB history by being the first to play under the 2020 rule for extra innings

MLB, fans and media got their first look at the 2020 version of extra innings on Friday night. They saw exactly one extra frame.

The Angels and A’s did the honors in Oakland after LA tied the game in the top of the ninth. Under rules similar to those in the minor leagues, Halo’s Shohei Ohtani, who made the final out in the ninth, placed on second base to start the 10th. Ohtani promptly reached zero and the Halos stranded.

Up came the host A’s, who started their half with Marcus Semien second. He stayed on base and eventually trotted home on Matt Olson’s walk-off grand slam. Oakland had a 7-3 victory for the books.

People took the time to tweet their thoughts on the rule, which is intended to shorten the duration of some games and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in parks. At first sight, the reactions were negative rather than positive.

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Oh, yes, forgot to mention the five-man infield of the Angels once the potential winning run reached third.

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Two days after this shortened season, the baseball world has something unusual to discuss.

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