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Cincinnati Reds will begin the 2020 season on July 24 at home against the Detroit Tigers  —  There are a lot of changes in the abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season, whether it's the number of games, a universal designated hitter or all the social distancing protocols.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs' Kris Bryant says coronavirus testing delays a safety issue  —  Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant has issues with MLB's coronavirus testing protocols, saying his team gets tested too infrequently.  —  “I don't want to be insensitive to people who haven't been able to get tests …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant and David Ross express concerns with MLB's COVID-19 testing delays: 'You just can't hiccup with this'  —  The thought of opting out of the 60-game baseball season initially crossed the mind of Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant, and the latest problems regarding COVID-19 testing …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' opening summer camp workout: 5 observations
Alex Coffey / The Athletic:
‘Frustrated’ A's wait as many of their COVID-19 test results remain delayed  —  The Yankees on Monday night plan to air an intrasquad game on their YES Network.  The A's don't even know when they will hold their first full-squad workout.  —  As of late Sunday night, the COVID-19 tests …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Cancel Monday Morning Workouts Due To Testing Delays  —  The Nationals have canceled their Monday morning workouts due to delays in Major League Baseball's COVID-19 testing processes, general manager Mike Rizzo announced this morning.  Rizzo issued the following statement:
31 MLB players positive for coronavirus after first round of tests
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The Giants hope to be under-the-radar contenders in a shortened season.  They'll get a chance right away to prove they'll be right in the mix in the National League West.
2020 MLB schedule released with Yankees-Nationals, Giants-Dodgers set for opening night  —  The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees in the first game of the 2020 MLB season on July 23, followed by the San Francisco Giants traveling to play …
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Miguel Sano, DJ LeMahieu, Salvador Perez among MLB players to test positive for coronavirus  —  MLB, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees  —  Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano …
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TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
Freddie Freeman, Three Other Braves Test Positive For COVID-19
Todd Dybas / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals' 2020 schedule filled with oddities  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The schedule unto itself is an oddity.  Just 60 games.  Nothing is normal in this climate.  Add the stunted schedule to that.  —  The Nationals are scheduled to open July 23 at home against the
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals' Goldschmidt, Mikolas benefit from long time off  —  If the baseball season would have started as scheduled on March 26, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt could have played but would have been compromised in his throwing ability because of a sore right elbow, which also might have affected his swing a bit.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals pitchers Cabrera, Sanchez test positive, as other players have their report to camp delayed
Mark Liptak / Sports Illustrated:
Today in White Sox History: July 4  —  Bill Veeck's exploding scoreboard was featured in a night shot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  The caption read, “Fireworks at Comiskey Park.”  —  During the 1960s the White Sox were synonymous with outstanding pitching ... pitching that was the envy …
Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
LAFC star Carlos Vela will not play in the MLS tournament in Orlando  —  LAFC's Carlos Vela, the reigning MLS scoring champion and MVP, will not take part in the MLS Is Back tournament in Orlando, handing the league another setback in its push to become the first major professional sports league …
Matt Breen / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Aaron Nola, two other Phillies players placed on COVID-19 injured list  —  Aaron Nola's status for the start of the season is in question as the Phillies No. 1 starter was placed this week on the COVID-19 Injured List, according to a source.  —  Joe Girardi said Saturday that Nola …
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka struck in head by line drive, taken to hospital  —  New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing after he was drilled on the right side of the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive Saturday afternoon.
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