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3:10 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  —  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 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 …
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.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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 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.
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
4 things to look forward to in Mets' 60-game sprint
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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
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?”
ESPN:
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
Vincent Frank / Sportsnaut.com:
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 …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
60 games in 66 days: How MLB's shortened 2020 schedule came together
 
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Mets working out details of summer camp including building a 60-man player pool and using …
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