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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB requiring teams to add coronavirus protocol compliance officers  —  Following the coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly half of the Miami Marlins' roster and prompted the temporary suspension of the team's season, Major League Baseball is encouraging players not to leave hotels …
Associated Press:
John McNamara, manager of ill-fated 1986 Red Sox, dies at 88  —  BOSTON — John McNamara, who managed the Boston Red Sox to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team's championship drought into the new millennium, has died.
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
MLB, Manfred can punish players who steal signs electronically, per new rules  —  Now the commissioner can do it himself.  —  Major League Baseball and the Players Association have agreed that players who steal signs electronically can be suspended without pay or service time, The Athletic has learned.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Phenom Pearson sizzles in big-league debut as Blue Jays fall in extras … Behind his protective mask it was difficult to see if Blue Jays ace-of-the-present Hyun-Jin Ryu was delivering his assessment of ace-of-the-future Nate Pearson with a straight face or merely one of supreme admiration from an established veteran to a rookie.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Juan Soto Cleared By MLB, Waiting For D.C. Approval  —  Nationals superstar Juan Soto is making progress on the clearance process to rejoin the team.  He has been cleared to resume action by Major League Baseball after receiving two negative coronavirus tests, manager Dave Martinez told …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Sam Miller / ESPN:
MLB's new extra-innings rule is here and — surprise! — it's glorious  —  It became clear a couple of years ago that Major League Baseball and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, were working toward an inevitable introduction of weird extra-innings rules, and in this space we were pretty harsh to it.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Ethan Cadeaux / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Max Scherzer strikes out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. almost exactly 10 years after striking out his dad  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Max Scherzer continues to prove, year after year, that age is just a number.  The three-time Cy Young award winner, who turned 36 on Tuesday …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
David Ginsburg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yankees make most of schedule change, defeat Orioles 9-3  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … BALTIMORE (AP) — Baseball's weird season reached another level of strange Wednesday night when the  —  Miami Marlins and ruined Baltimore's home opener, hitting three home runs to back right-hander
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and Camden Chat
Mike DiGiovanna / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Angels' bullpen can't get it done in loss to Mariners  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon marveled at his team's bullpen Tuesday night after five relievers threw scoreless innings and combined to give up three hits and strike out seven
Tom Withers / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
White Sox score late, top Indians 4-0 after Plesac fans 11  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez hit sacrifice flies and the Chicago  —  White Sox scored four runs in the ninth inning - three charged to ineffective Cleveland closer
Discussion: South Side Sox and Let's Go Tribe
Paul Newberry / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Freeman powers Braves to 7-4 win, snaps Rays' 4-game streak  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs on a four-hit night, leading the Braves to a 7-4 victory over the  —  Tampa Bay Rays in Atlanta's homer opener Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Tim Stebbins / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cubs' Kris Bryant's diving grab starts triple play vs. Reds — kind of  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Cubs had a rough go of it in Wednesday's game against the Reds, but  —  Kris Bryant provided a late highlight.  —  With the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Red Reporter
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Trade Hector Velazquez To Astros  —  The Orioles announced this morning that they've traded right-hander Hector Velazquez to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later.  Baltimore had outrighted Velazquez off its 40-man roster just prior to Opening Day.
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Benches Clear in Middle of Dodgers, Astros Game  —  The Dodgers and Astros' first meeting since Houston was punished for stealing signs during the 2017 season was full of fireworks.  —  The Dodgers and Astros' first meeting since Houston was punished for stealing signs during the 2017 season was full of fireworks.
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Benches clear as Dodgers' Joe Kelly throws behind Astros' Alex Bregman, taunts Carlos Correa
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
 
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