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The only truth of the world is that everything you love will change. For better or worse , change is coming, and for baseball, those changes are coming this season, with more tweaks anticipated for the 2020 season as well. The new moves, some minor, some more contentious, are not totally re-writing baseball as we know it (the shift is safe for now, the NL still doesn’t have a DH... yet), but they do demonstrate an ongoing interest in creating a more modern and, shall we say... efficient version of the game we know and love.Much like the removal of needing four pitches for an intentional walk, a lot of these changes are small tweaks that seem to function only to speed up pace of play slightly and to annoy the old guard who like to see baseball played the way it has always been played (hello, bring back my pitches, thank you).Under the new agreement between MLB and the MLBPA David Price Jersey , the changes we can expect to see implemented include the following:2019 SeasonEffective immediately, the August 31st trade deadline (you know, the one that saw Justin Verlander sent to Houston at the literal last minute?) will be no more. Now the only trade deadline is the July 31st deadline, meaning teams really need to know if they’re planning to make a push to contend by the mid-season mark.Mound visits will be reduced to five per game, and might go down to four by 2020.Rather than selecting All-Stars based solely on the fan vote, the highest vote-getters will now participate in a single All-Star election day vote where fans will select based on the three top vote recipients in each category to select a winner. The Home Run Derby during the All-Star week will now have a $1 million prize, likely in the hopes of having more of the big-name stars participate in the event.Commercial breaks will now be only two minutes rather than two minutes and twenty seconds. There seems to be a move towards more in-game split screen ads in order to minimize the time away from showing the game.Position players will not be allowed to pitch unless: 1) the game goes into extra innings, or 2) the team is ahead or behind by at least eight runs. (I might hate this one most of all).2020 SeasonNo more LOOGY — That’s right, the one-batter pitcher is no more. Starting in the 2020 season, all pitchers will be required to face a minimum of three batters. Teams will now have a 26-man roster for the first five months of the season, and a 28-man roster in September.In addition to these changes, there is a promise that the Commissioner’s office will work alongside the MLBPA to study the current free-agent market and how it can be made more active, as well as figuring out how to minimize the rewards for teams who tank intentionally. There will also be a focus on how teams are gaming service time for top prospects. Overall there certainly seems to be a willingness between MLB and the MLBPA to work on the game while also making sure that things become more fair for the players in the union. Whether or not any of the changes do anything to speed up the pace of play or engage new viewers in the sport remains to be seen. BOSTON — Back on June 10 Craig Kimbrel Jersey , after allowing 13 hits and five earned runs in a start against the Texas Rangers, Dallas Keuchel was 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his final season before potential free agency.The left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.62 ERA since as he tries to pitch the Houston Astros to a sweep of their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox in Sunday night’s series finale at Fenway Park.Rick Porcello, a 16-game winner who has had his second-half struggles, goes for the Red Sox, who have lost their first home series in the last 11 thanks to losses Friday and Saturday.Article continues below ...The Astros, maintaining their 3 1/2-game lead over the winning Oakland A’s in the American League West, rallied for a 6-3 victory Friday night and got homers from Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado in Saturday’s 5-3 win — their seventh straight and 14th in their last 17 games.Jake Marisnick made an outstanding running catch of an Andrew Benintendi drive with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning. He also had a sacrifice fly.Bregman’s homer was his career-high 30th of the season, something he called “a nice little accomplishment.” He joins Morgan Ensberg as the only Astros third basemen to reach 30 — and his torrid streak has vaulted him into the MVP conversation.Boston’s Mookie Betts ripped his 40th double of the year Saturday, making him the first player in MLB history with four straight seasons of 40 doubles and 20 stolen bases.The Red Sox scored in the ninth inning and had first and third with one out against Roberto Osuna, but J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end it.“Any time he comes up, regardless of the score, we feel that he’s gonna barrel something,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora Steven Wright Jersey , the bench coach for last year’s Houston champions, said. “Just a good pitch by Osuna, and he got him to roll over and that was it.“I don’t know what the numbers are with men in scoring position (3-for-13), but it felt like we had traffic in both games and we haven’t been able to cash in. They made some pitches too — you’ve got to give them credit.”Keuchel has won his last two starts to climb above .500, yielding three earned runs in 12 innings.He is 0-1 with a whopping 9.88 ERA in three games (two starts) in the regular season against Boston. But he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, in winning Game 2 of last season’s American League Division Series.Porcello is 16-7 with a 4.20 ERA. He has won his last two starts, but gave up five runs in 10 innings in those games and is 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in his last six outings.He beat the Astros on June 3 in Houston, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs — and is 2-1 lifetime against them.The current Red Sox are hitting a combined .219 lifetime with four home runs against Keuchel. Ian Kinsler is 10-for-33, but Mitch Moreland (likely to sit) is 1-for-13, Steve Pearce 2-for-19 with a home run, Martinez 1-for-9 and Xander Bogaerts 1-for-7 with a homer.The Astros on the roster have hit a combined .268 with four home runs against Porcello. Marwin Gonzalez, who returned as a pinch runner in the ninth inning Saturday , is 3-for-7 and Josh Reddick 3-for-10, and Maldonado is 2-for-9 with a home run.Lance McCullers Jr., out since Aug. 4 with a right forearm strain, threw his second bullpen of the week Saturday — 30 pitches, all fastballs.“Honestly I couldn’t have hoped for a better pen today,” McCullers said. “It’s a good step forward. I still have a couple more boxes to check before we start getting into games, but this was a big step for me.”Cora indicated before the game that Brandon Phillips will get his second start with the Red Sox in Sunday night’s game. He hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer to win Wednesday’s game in Atlanta.