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Announcing Starting Pitchers

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After doing some research it seems there is no rule that force teams to announce rosters (starting pitchers) prior to the game. It hints that shortly before the game (does not give a time) starting lineup/ rosters/ rotation must be submitted on paper to the umpires. Would you have any insight as to when that would be? (say 5 minutes before/30 minutes before...etc. prior to first pitch).
 
I ask because the Nationals just announced Strasburg would start Game 4 after initially stating another pitcher would be starting. The Cubs then made a switch of their own starting Jason Heyward who has great stats against Strasburg. As you can see, a potential advantage would have been possible if the Nationals waited just prior to first pitch in announcing this. Additionally, I imagine batters would prepare differently when facing different pitchers as they have different throwing motions/pitches, leading to yet another advantage for the Nationals. I'll admit, I do not know much about baseball but would think teams would want to take any advantage they have to win, especially in the playoffs. 
 
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line up cards are exchanged at the plate meeting, typically  5-15 mins before the game depending on level of play.

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What stkjockposted is the only playing rule.  My guess, though, is that there's some "administrative guidance" requiring some sort of compliance with pre-announcing the pitcher -- probably done to address gambling issues and "insider trading."

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