Pitch count limits are set for the 2013 WBC

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Pitch count limits are set for the 2013 WBC

Pitch count limits have been set for the World Baseball Classic in March of next year, a baseball official here said yesterday.

“The number of pitches per game by a pitcher will be 65 in the first round, 80 in the second round and 95 in the semifinals and the final,” the official with the Korea Baseball Organization said, adding that officials from participating countries recently held a meeting in the U.S. to agree on the figures.

These limits are the same as the inaugural WBC from 2006, and down from the 2009 tournament, when the caps were 70 in the first round, 85 in the second round and 100 in the semifinals and the final.

The 2013 event will take place from March 2 to 19.

The WBC, which has been held before starts of professional seasons in participating countries, has been limiting pitch counts to protect pitchers.

Korea is scheduled to open the two-week training camp on Feb. 12 in Taiwan, but it will likely do so with a decimated roster missing up to three key left-handers and the country’s only MLB player, Choo Shin-soo of the Cleveland Indians.

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