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11:20 AM 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.
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
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.
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 …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen unconcerned with his job security  —  The Mets are approaching a paradigm shift, one that could touch all corners of the organization.  General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says he isn't worried about it.  —  Sterling Equities, the Wilpon-Katz family business that owns the Mets, is trying to sell the team.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
4 things to look forward to in Mets' 60-game sprint
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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 …
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
MLB prospects to watch on each team's 60-man pool  —  With Major League Baseball scheduled to open camps for “spring training 2.0” in the coming days, teams had to submit their initial 60-man player pools Sunday.  Players still can be added with many teams listing fewer than 60 names …
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mark Feinsand /
FAQ: Roster and transaction rules for 2020
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.
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
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