Coco Crisp leaves game with right shin contusion

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The Athletics defeated the Rangers 4-2 this afternoon to move into a flat-footed tie in the AL West, but they might be without their hottest hitter when the series continues on Tuesday.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Coco Crisp left today’s game due to a right shin contusion. The injury occurred when he fouled a ball off his leg during an at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 33-year-old finished the at-bat and eventually struck out, but walked gingerly back to the dugout and didn’t return to play the field to begin the seventh inning. The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, as Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Slusser that he’ll be reevaluated when he gets to the ballpark tomorrow.

Crisp has been out of his mind recently, going deep seven times in his last 11 games. He homered in his third straight game today, giving him a career-high 17 home runs for the year.

Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes to 2:38

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NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.

The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.

Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.

Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.

MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.

Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.

There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.

Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.

Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.

Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.