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2:55 PM ET, May 20, 2020


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Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Bartolo Colon, 46, yearns for one more season in the majors  —  Even though Bartolo Colón hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since September 2018, the 46-year-old is not thinking about retirement.  —  Colón hopes to pitch one more big league season, and, given the choice, it would be with the New York Mets.
How MLB is navigating the coronavirus pandemic to play ball  —  MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S plan to start the season by July 4 relies on a dizzying array of moving parts, including the cooperation of 27 U.S. cities and a foreign country, the availability of more than 200,000 reliable coronavirus tests …
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Chris Sale wants to prove nothing's ‘better than getting a brand-new elbow for my birthday’  —  Before baseball shut down for the coronavirus pandemic, the news that ace Chris Sale had elbow trouble had already cast a pall over spring training for the Boston Red Sox.
Matt Loede / Sports Illustrated:
Where Are They Now - Indians 2016 World Series Game 7 Edition  —  It was a day that most Cleveland Indians fans will never forget, even though some have tried to block it out.  —  After a magical run through two of the supposed American League's best in the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 …
Rick Stroud / Tampa Bay Times:
Tom Brady, Bucs players take the field at Tampa's Berkeley Prep: exclusive photos  —  The quarterback appears to be the one conducting the two-hour workout Tuesday morning.  —  TAMPA — About 20 minutes after sunrise, just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, the luxury vehicles began rolling past …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
How LeBron James' media empire spurred Alex Bregman to leave his agent  —  The sports world remains shut down, but Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, runner-up in the 2019 American League MVP voting, is changing agents because of ... LeBron James?  —  The answer is yes, according to four sources with knowledge of Bregman's thinking.
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres' Hedges ‘very confident’ MLB season will be played  —  Player rep expresses confidence MLB players, owners will reach agreement that allows for games in 2020  —  Austin Hedges was excited.  —  “Over the last 48 hours, it really feels like we're getting some stuff done,” the Padres catcher said Monday afternoon.
David DeBolt / Mercury News:
Oakland A's haven't made rent payment, Coliseum exec says  —  Oakland Coliseum was due $1.2 million on April 1, but Athletics cite clause related to Covid-19 pandemic  —  OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have balked at paying the $1.2 million required under contract to use the Coliseum …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Angels will furlough non-playing employees on June 1  —  The Los Angeles Angels have informed non-playing employees of furloughs that will be implemented at the start of June and will affect nearly every department of the organization.  Members of the front office, analytics department …
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Mark Liptak / Sports Illustrated:
Today in White Sox History: May 19  —  White Sox starter Ray Herbert's consecutive scoreless inning streak ended controversially in (where else?)  Baltimore.  Herbert, a 20-game winner in 1962, had thrown 38 straight scoreless innings when he faced the Orioles Johnny Orsino in the third inning.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Max Goodman / Sports Illustrated:
Five Yankees Poised to Shine in MLB's Proposed 82-Game Season  —  Had the 2020 regular season begun on time and consisted of a traditional 162-game schedule, several members of the Yankees roster would presently be in the midst of solid campaigns.  —  Could this have been the year a player …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
Nationals to hold virtual World Series ring ceremony Sunday  —  The Nationals virtual ring ceremony, which will feature players and coaches over a Zoom recording, will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with members of the team taping the ceremony the day before.  Since there is no game …
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