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1:30 PM ET, June 27, 2020


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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Rangers staff say they are ‘terrified for our safety’ amid positive virus tests  —  Following the revelation that multiple co-workers had tested positive for the coronavirus, Texas Rangers employees told ESPN on Friday night that they fear for their health and hope the organization …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
60 games in 66 days: How MLB's shortened 2020 schedule came together  —  You think you were the only one trying to keep your sanity awaiting Major League Baseball to return?  —  Meet Chris Marinak, MLB's executive vice president for strategy, technology and innovation.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Vincent Frank /
San Francisco Giants announce they will not have fans in attendance this season  —  Now that the 2020 MLB season is finally expected to start in less than a month, things are starting to take shape.  —  While some teams expect to have fans in attendance, others are going to play in front …
Ryan Zimmerman / Associated Press:
Nats star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: To play or not to play?  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals.  He holds most of the team's career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Andrew Toles Arrested On Trespassing Charge  —  Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was arrested on a trespassing charge in Florida on June 22, Gwen Filosa of the Miami Herald reports.  Police found Toles asleep in his car behind the Key West Airport, and he was jailed after he refused to leave the scene.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Place Jeremy Walker On 45-Day Injured List  —  The Braves announced Friday that they've placed right-hander Jeremy Walker on the newly created 45-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement.  The issue initially arose in the original Spring Training, David O'Brien of The Athletic tweets.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
St. Pete mayor, Rays aren't ruling out fans at games  —  With a 60-game season starting in July, the Rays confirm they are “actively exploring” ways to make it work for a limited number.  They're also looking at having fans for Rowdies games.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Rays officials are …
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Giants president Farhan Zaidi denounces Scottsdale city council member  —  Major League Baseball's three-month transaction freeze is poised to thaw on Friday.  So before Giants president and noted waiver-wire aficionado Farhan Zaidi got totally distracted by the return of player movement, I thought I'd call him and ask a question.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets working out details of summer camp including building a 60-man player pool and using Brooklyn's MCU Park as an alternate training site  —  As players begin making their way to Citi Field from their quarantine residences in Florida, Arizona, California, Tennessee, the Dominican Republic …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
4 things to look forward to in Mets' 60-game sprint  —  We've all done the math.  With the way the impending MLB schedule is expected to work, the Mets will play 40 games against their National League East opponents in the Braves, Nationals, Phillies and Marlins.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Emma Baccellieri / Sports Illustrated:
New MLB Operations Manual Offers Glimpse Into Negotiations for 2020 Season  —  During the negotiations for the 2020 season, the health and safety plans developed from a 67-page draft to the 101-page MLB Operations Manual.  What changed?  —  MLB's return to play will rely on one document …
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Aaron Judge could be ready for opener, along with other injured Yankees  —  When spring training restarts toward the end of next week, the Yankees will be better off than they were in mid-March, when all big-league camps were shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  —  At least from a physical standpoint.
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