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Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
Four days into MLB's return, it's fair to question the strategy  —  What we have here with Major League Baseball's attempted return in the midst of a global pandemic is utter chaos, which is predictable because these are sports franchises, not health-care providers.
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds will begin the 2020 season on July 24 at home against the Detroit Tigers  —  There are a lot of changes in the abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season, whether it's the number of games, a universal designated hitter or all the social distancing protocols.
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant and David Ross express concerns with MLB's COVID-19 testing delays: 'You just can't hiccup with this'  —  The thought of opting out of the 60-game baseball season initially crossed the mind of Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant, and the latest problems regarding COVID-19 testing …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs' Kris Bryant says coronavirus testing delays a safety issue  —  Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant has issues with MLB's coronavirus testing protocols, saying his team gets tested too infrequently.  —  “I don't want to be insensitive to people who haven't been able to get tests …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Dodgers' Mookie Betts fully prepared but has doubts on start of season  —  Major League Baseball released its schedule for an unprecedented 60-game season Monday, on a day when the sport's return felt particularly far-fetched.  The Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals canceled …
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ESPN:
2020 MLB schedule released with Yankees-Nationals, Giants-Dodgers set for opening night  —  The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees in the first game of the 2020 MLB season on July 23, followed by the San Francisco Giants traveling to play …
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The Giants hope to be under-the-radar contenders in a shortened season.  They'll get a chance right away to prove they'll be right in the mix in the National League West.
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Todd Dybas / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals' 2020 schedule filled with oddities
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB schedule 2020: When Giants, A's play in annual Bay Bridge Series
Alex Coffey / The Athletic:
‘Frustrated’ A's wait as many of their COVID-19 test results remain delayed  —  The Yankees on Monday night plan to air an intrasquad game on their YES Network.  The A's don't even know when they will hold their first full-squad workout.  —  As of late Sunday night, the COVID-19 tests …
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The Braves are discussing their use of the Tomahawk Chop, but not their name  —  The Washington Redskins announced Friday they would conduct a thorough review of the team's name.  The Cleveland Indians followed by saying they would engage in discussions to determine the best path forward with their name.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Phillies & COVID-19  —  The Phillies were hit with several coronavirus cases relating to their Florida facility late last month.  GM Matt Klentak updated the team's situation today in comments to reporters including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (links to Twitter).
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Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers coach evaluates Casey Mize, Matt Manning: Here's what he said  —  Detroit Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson thought he'd have to start all over again, much like a prototypical spring training.  —  Instead, he returned to Comerica Park last week to find his pitchers in shape …
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Phillies infielder Scott Kingery talks about the hell that is coronavirus  —  If you don't believe this coronavirus thing is real, listen to what Scott Kingery says and you might change your mind.  —  “It started on a Thursday (June 11) when I came down with a headache,” …
 
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