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No, it's not a rule. Most baseballs in a Major League game last only 9 pitches before being removed from play. But many Little League games will go the entire game with only 1 or 2 baseballs used.

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Q: Is it a rule that a pitched ball that hits the dirt has to be taken out of the game?
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