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OK, smarty pants. You got through the first round of the Little League puzzles last week and were drafted into the Minor League puzzle. Now, let's see whether you can play along in the big leagues. Today's Major League puzzle is the most challenging we have to offer in our baseball sudoku series.

It's simple. Nine boxes in a sudoku grid, nine players on a baseball field, hence baseball sudoku.

The principles for solving these 9x9 puzzles are the same as those for traditional sudoku, except that in baseball sudoku, the numbers 1 to 9 are replaced by the starting positions on a baseball lineup: P, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF and RF.

As in classic sudoku, there is only one basic rule to remember:
Each horizontal row, vertical column and 3x3 grid must contain every baseball position without repeating.

It's that simple. No math is required. No baseball knowledge. Just pure logic. And because each baseball sudoku puzzle has only one solution, guessing will not be helpful. Just print it out and scribble away.

Puzzle No. 1: Major League

Get the answers for today's puzzle here.

Answers for Puzzle No. 1: Minor League

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