NOTE: Rule numbers in blue or black (like this: 3.06, or this: 7.02(a)) follow the new OBR rule and numbering scheme introduced in the 2015 Official Baseball Rules. The rule numbers in red type (like this: [3.04]) are corresponding rule numbers from the Official Rules prior to 2015. All of the content has been updated to the 2016 rule book.
1.01 [1.01] Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.
1.02 [5.04] The offensive team's objective is to have its batter become a runner, and its runners advance.
1.03 [5.05] The defensive team’s objective is to prevent offensive players from becoming runners, and to prevent their advance around the bases.
1.04 [5.06] When a batter becomes a runner and touches all bases legally he shall score one run for his team.
1.05 [1.02] The objective of each team is to win by scoring more runs than the opponent.
1.06 [1.03] The winner of the game shall be that team which shall have scored, in accordance with these rules, the greater number of runs at the conclusion of a regulation game.