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Official Rules of Major League Baseball

5.01 Starting the Game (“Play Ball!”)

5.01 Starting the Game (“Play Ball!”) (a)  (4.02 and 5.01) At the time set for beginning the game the players of the home team shall take their defensive positions, the first batter of the visiting team shall take his position in the batter’s box, the umpire-in-chief shall call “Play,” and the game shall start. (b) […]

Umpire Interpretations of Major League Baseball
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5. BALL GOING INTO PLAYER’S UNIFORM

Rule 5.01(b) [former Rule 5.02]: If a batted or thrown ball inadvertently goes inside a player or coach’s uniform (or lodges in the catcher’s face mask or paraphernalia), the umpire shall call “Time.” He will, using common sense and fair play, place all runners in such a manner that, in the umpire’s judgment, will nullify […]