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2:35 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.
ESPN:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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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