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1:55 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays opening Tropicana Field for light player workouts Monday  —  Activities will be extremely limited, but it's a start as team facilities have been closed to players since March 17.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are taking an initial — and small — step toward returning to action …
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Rays, Marlins join Yankees in opening facilities to players for workouts  —  Another sign that baseball's return may be near: Teams are starting to reopen facilities to players.  —  Marlins on the 40-man roster were allowed to use their spring training complex as of Tuesday.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Max Goodman / Sports Illustrated:
Five Yankees Poised to Shine in MLB's Proposed 82-Game Season
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Some MLB players hoping for loosening of restrictions in health proposal  —  Some players are hoping for tweaks to MLB's recent health-protocols proposal as discussions continue about how to safely restart during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Mostly, players want to know whether some in-stadium …
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 …
Jay Jaffe / ESPN:
Every AL team's best player not in the Hall of Fame — and should he get in?  —  While we're stuck amid a spring and summer unfortunately free of both Major League Baseball (so far) and the Hall of Fame's induction weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hall that so many of us visit …
Discussion: NESN.com, Camden Chat and Halos Heaven
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.
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 …
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.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
“It Will Be an Entirely New Thing”: Zack Snyder's $20M-Plus ‘Justice League’ Cut Plans Revealed  —  HBO Max will debut the project in 2021 — possibly in a four-hour director's cut or in six TV-style “chapters” — as the helmer gets the gang back together with the original postproduction crew to score, cut and finish visual effects.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Talking Chop
 
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