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5:40 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
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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 …
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
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
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: Phillies Nation and NBCSports.com
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
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
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?”
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 …
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 …
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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