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10:05 PM ET, June 29, 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.
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ESPN:
Sources: Nationals to host Yankees on Opening Day
Discussion: Talking Chop and NESN.com
George Miller / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB Suspends Four Minor League Players  —  MLB announced today that it has suspended four minor league players in violation of the league's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  — Reds right-handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
John Hickey / Sports Illustrated:
Athletics' List of 42 Players Reporting to Coliseum This Week Has No Surprises  —  The Oakland A's announced their 60-man roster ahead of the opening of their summer camp this week Sunday, with no major surprises.  —  Oakland will bring in 31 members of their 40-man roster …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
MiLB Players Given Green Light To Play Indy Ball  —  Even with the minor league season still in limbo, prospects who get left out of their teams' player pools still have a path toward development before 2021.  —  Affiliated minor league players' contracts are currently suspended …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Ryan Wolstat / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays heading home to play in Toronto, sources say  —  Their bags are packed and the Toronto Blue Jays are set to fly north.  —  Sources told the Toronto Sun that government clearance for the Major League Baseball team to return to Canada is expected by as early as Monday.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Ballpark Digest
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets To Sign Second-Rounder J.T. Ginn  —  The Mets have inked second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn, Tim Healey of Newsday reports on Twitter.  He'll receive a $2.9MM bonus, per Joe DeMayo of SNY.tv (Twitter link).  —  This puts a bow on the Mets' 2020 draft class.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Sign Melky Cabrera, Erasmo Ramirez, Gordon Beckham  —  The Mets' signing spree continued Monday with the additions of outfielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.  All three have been announced by the club, and all are “expected” to be added to the 60-man player pool, according to the team.
MLB Trade Rumors:
Athletics Sign Tyler Soderstrom  —  The Athletics have announced a deal with top pick Tyler Soderstrom.  It includes a $3.3MM signing bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports (via Twitter).  The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported yesterday that Soderstrom would sign today …
Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies apparently still have no trade interest in Odubel Herrera  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Phillies' initial player pool is further indication that there is no trade interest in the talented but controversial outfielder.  —  Major League Baseball's operations manual …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Phillies Nation
Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies GM Matt Klentak acknowledges how last few months have altered J.T. Realmuto contract situation  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  J.T. Realmuto contract extension come before the end of  —  Phillies summer camp?  —  Before the end of the regular season?
Discussion: The Good Phight
Don Williams / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
Williams column: Johnny Manziel says his football career is ‘in the past’ ... and he's OK with that  —  Search Johnny Manziel's name and right below the obligatory link to his Wikipedia page, Google shows you a list of questions that “People also ask.”  —  One of those questions being, “Where is Johnny Manziel now, 2020?”
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Sign Matt Duffy, Re-Sign Dan Otero, Place Luis Severino On 60-Day IL  —  The Yankees announced their 60-player Spring Training player pool earlier today, a list that included a couple of new faces to the organization.  New York announced that infielder Matt Duffy and catcher Max McDowell …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
 
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