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9:50 AM ET, June 28, 2020


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New York Post:
Yankees-Nationals to highlight MLB opening day  —  If it all goes well, then opening day for major league baseball this year will feature Max Scherzer vs. Gerrit Cole in the nation's capital.  —  The union signed off Thursday on the details within a 60-game schedule.
Sources: Nationals to host Yankees on Opening Day  —  The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals are slated to host the New York Yankees when baseball returns, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.  —  The matchup between last year's champion and this year's co-favorite is set …
Discussion: Talking Chop and
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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Torey Lovullo could be quick on trigger in shorter season  —  When Torey Lovullo finds himself overseeing a struggling player, his inclination is not to push him aside.  It is to give him time.  Often, this has worked well during Lovullo's three seasons as Diamondbacks manager.  Occasionally, it has not.
Discussion: Arizona Sports and AZ Snake Pit
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Cardinals Sign Flamethrower From Dominican Republic  —  The Cardinals have a new teenage prospect in their organization with a fastball that reaches 100 mph.  —  Edwin Nuñez, an 18-year-old rigthander from the Dominican Republic, signed with the Cardinals for $525,000.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
60 games in 66 days: How MLB's shortened 2020 schedule came together
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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 …
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 …
Andy Martino / SNY:
What would it take for MLB to cancel the 2020 season?  —  SNY has obtained amended language that sheds light on this question  —  As the clock ticked past the 5pm Tuesday deadline for players to respond to MLB's health and safety protocols, a mysterious delay took hold.
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 …
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
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Mets sign first-round pick OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, clearing way to sign other top prospect
Emma Baccellieri / Sports Illustrated:
New MLB Operations Manual Offers Glimpse Into Negotiations for 2020 Season
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks sign top pick Bryce Jarvis
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and MLB Trade Rumors
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