Batter Induced Balk
If a batter or other offensive player attempts to cause a pitcher to balk by stepping out of the box, asking for “time” or in any other manner, as the pitcher is delivering the pitch to the plate, the umpire should not call a balk.
Ball Hits Dirt, Then Player
If a pitched ball touches the dirt and then hits the batter, the correct ruling is a dead ball and hit by pitch. A batter is permitted to swing at a pitch that hits the dirt. If he hits the ball fair, the play goes on as normal. If a batter swings and misses at a pitch that hits the dirt and the ball bounces up and hits the batter, it is rules a strike and a dead ball.
Fake to 3rd – 1st
At the professional level, a pitcher may no longer fake a pickoff throw to 3B and then spin around and throw or fake a throw to 1B. While engaged on the rubber, a pitcher may fake a pickoff throw only to 2B.