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1:05 PM ET, July 4, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
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 …
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.
TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
Freddie Freeman, Three Other Braves Test Positive For COVID-19  —  A quartet of Atlanta Braves tested positive for COVID-19: Freddie Freeman, Pete Kozma, Touki Toussaint, and Will Smith, per Sportscaster Kelly Crull.  Though the teams do not have to release the names of the players …
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 …
Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Tim Anderson leads growing White Sox toward contention: 'He's a man'  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Growing up.  —  It's what this rebuild is all about.  —  When you start building from the bottom, the name of the game is acquiring young, talented players …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers relief pitcher Brett Martin tests positive for COVID-19, says he feels ‘perfectly fine now’  —  Martin presented ‘mild’ symptoms earlier in the week.  Friday is the first day of workouts for MLB clubs. … If the Rangers were unsure of the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak …
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 Kurkjian / ESPN:
Tim Kurkjian's Baseball Fix: Major League Baseball gave us plenty of reasons to despise it, but here are 100 reasons it's OK to still love it  —  The past three months, baseball has given us 1,000 reasons to hate it.  —  In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the players and owners …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Tommy Pham Tests Positive For COVID-19  —  The Padres announced today that outfielder Tommy Pham has tested positive for the coronavirus, as AJ Cassavell of was among those to cover on Twitter.  Pham authorized release of his personal medical information.  Fortunately, he's said to be asymptomatic at the moment.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
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
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