FILE - In this April 10, 2016, file photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto is examined by home plate umpire Alan Porter, left, and manager Bruce Bochy in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco. Major
Ben Margot, File
April 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball's average game time has slowed during the first week of the season and was back over 3 hours.

The average time of a nine-inning game was 3:04 through the first 79 games of this season, according to STATS. That is up 8 minutes from a 2:56 average for the first 79 games last year.

MLB introduced new pace-of-game initiatives last season, and the average time dropped from 3:03 during the first full week in 2014.

There were slight changes in the pace rules this year, cutting the timer for between-inning breaks by 20 seconds and adding a 30-second timer for visits to the mound by managers and pitching coaches.

Last year's final average was 2:56, down 6 minutes.

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