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Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Sources: Phillies likely to stay in Philly for Spring Training II  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  If Major League Baseball and the players association can successfully hammer out plans for a half-season, teams would need to come together for Spring Training II.  —  The question is: Where?
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets likely to do spring training 2.0 in Florida, sources say  —  Maybe we should call it summer training.  —  If and when baseball season resumes, the Mets are tentatively planning to reconvene and work out at their Clover Park facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to prepare for the regular season, sources said.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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
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 …
Bill O'Neil / WXII-TV:
Mount Airy man named Jesus confesses to vandalizing local church, police say  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  MOUNT AIRY, N.C. —  A Mount Airy man named Jesus confessed to vandalizing a local church's nearly 100-year-old stained glass window.  —  Police charged Jesus Jose Arellano with injury to real property.
Discussion: New York Post and TMZ.com
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: Camden Chat, NESN.com and Halos Heaven
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Our first-ever Universal DH Power Rankings for all 30 MLB teams  —  Let me get this part out of the way: I don't like the idea of the universal designated hitter.  At the same time, I recognize it as the best option for what will already be a strange season, if we get even that.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets rotation analysis: After ace Jacob deGrom, no sure things  —  During this pandemic-induced baseball hiatus, we examine the Mets position by position.  We already covered first base, second base, shortstop, third base, catcher, centerfield, leftfield and rightfield.  Now, the rotation.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brent Honeywell Undergoes Ulnar Nerve Procedure  —  The Rays announced Thursday that touted pitching prospect Brent Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve yesterday.  He'll start strength and mobility exercises next Monday, MLB.com's Juan Toribio tweets.
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Mock Draft: College players off the board early  —  As we move closer to the June 10-11 Draft, the hope is that the first-round picture will become more clear.  In some ways, that's true; in some ways, it's not.  —  There aren't players with helium riding up boards because they're dominating …
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.
 
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