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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
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Vincent Frank / Sportsnaut.com:
San Francisco Giants announce they will not have fans in attendance this season
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
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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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Emma Baccellieri / Sports Illustrated:
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks sign top pick Bryce Jarvis
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
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