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What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses why a universal DH will likely become the new normal in MLB, even beyond the 2020 season. USA TODAY

PHOENIX — Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning with a runner on second base, two persons with knowledge of their discussions told USA TODAY Sports.

The persons were unauthorized to publicly discuss MLB’s plan because of the on-going negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association, which must approve the rule changes.

Yet, the rules that were implemented for the first time in 2020

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