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7:35 PM ET, July 3, 2020

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ESPN:
31 MLB players positive for coronavirus after first round of tests  —  Thirty-one players were positive for COVID-19 in Major League Baseball's first round of coronavirus testing, the league and players' union announced Friday.  —  Seven staff members also tested positive.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
The 2020 MLB season is a series of tests — and the first big one comes today  —  Training camps around Major League Baseball officially open Friday, marking another step toward the game's return.  As momentous as that might sound, as positive as that might seem, Friday is a vital day to MLB for an entirely different reason.
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
MLB Announces 38 Positive COVID-19 Tests Out of More Than 3,000 Samples  —  MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing on Friday.  —  MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced the first set of results …
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
MLB teams can't identify players who test positive for coronavirus
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MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium's 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.  —  The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic …
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Scott Boeck / Cincinnati.com:
MLB All-Star Game officially canceled; Dodgers rescheduled to host in 2022  —  To no surprise, Major League Baseball officially canceled the 2020 All-Star Game due to health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced on Friday.  —  This will be the first time the Midsummer Classic will not be played since World War II.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
After blowback, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred clarifies comments on 60-game season  —  While the Twitterverse thought MLB commissioner Rob Manfred accidentally confessed Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show that it was always MLB's intention to play a 60-game season, Manfred clarified Thursday what he meant.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and New York Post
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Bradford William Davis / New York Daily News:   Rob Manfred says that coronavirus, and not feud over player salaries, ensured 2020 season would only be 60 games
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With pregnant wife, Angels star Mike Trout unsure if he'll play in 2020: ‘Playing it by ear’  —  Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' three-time MVP and widely regarded as baseball's greatest player, is wary about starting the 2020 season with his wife expecting their first baby in August.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Welington Castillo Opts Out Of 2020 Season  —  Veteran catcher Welington Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters Friday (Twitter link via the Washington Post's Jesse Dougherty).  Castillo inked a minor league contract with the Nationals …
Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
Prohibition baseball: Inside the biggest All-Star Game no one watched  —  Luke Jackson had nowhere to throw when baseball shut down.  So, the Atlanta Braves right-hander got desperate, watched some YouTube videos, and built a makeshift mound.  He was throwing alone in his driveway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. when he got the fateful text.
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
MLB Player Pool Salary Will Give Some Minor Leaguers A Pay Bump  —  For minor leaguers, being named to the 60-man player pool will result in either a minor pay bump or a major one.  —  Players not on the 40-man roster who are part of the player pool working out at their team's alternate site …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' opening summer camp workout: 5 observations  —  Here are five observations from Day 1 of the Detroit Tigers' summer camp at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon:  —  1. Michael Fulmer  —  Fulmer, who is considering himself rehabilitated from right elbow ligament reconstruction surgery …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Tim Stebbins / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cubs' José Quintana undergoes thumb surgery, likely to miss start of season  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Cubs starter José Quintana will likely start the season on the injured list and his status is in doubt after suffering a thumb injury at home.
 
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Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers relief pitcher Brett Martin tests positive for COVID-19, says he feels ‘perfectly fine now’
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Tim Kurkjian's Baseball Fix: Major League Baseball gave us plenty of reasons to despise it …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
New Mets manager Luis Rojas is calm, but the storm is coming
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves hold first team workouts Friday
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Claim Breyvic Valera, Add Three Others To 60-Man Pool
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and Sportsnet.ca
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Athletics Add Six Players To 60-Man Pool
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Dan Mullen / ESPN:
It's Bobby Bonilla Day! Why Mets pay him $1.19 million today and every July 1
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and NESN.com
Kevin Stevens / Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Minor League Baseball cancels 2020 season, possibly ending Binghamton Rumble Ponies era