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“How do they know the intentions are not to pitch him? How would you know that? You could easily leave him in there for one hitter if you had to,” he said.

“My concern would be you could still send out your previous inning’s pitcher to warm up and then pull him out of the game before the first batter. That’s still OK, correct?”

Maddon was more certain on what to call the new 3.05 rule _ as in, don’t name it for him.

“Oh! Stay with the number,” he said, laughing. “No, make it the Sam Fuld Rule. I’m good with that.”

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AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Port Charlotte, Fla., contributed to this report.