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12:25 AM ET, July 31, 2020


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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 …
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.
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Report: MLB, MLBPA Agree to Allow 7-Inning Doubleheaders  —  Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed on a deal that would allow for doubleheaders consisting of two seven-inning games.  —  Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association …
Zach Shafron / Sports Illustrated:
Will the Indians Bullpen Ruin the Efforts Of the Team's Stellar Starting Staff?  —  The Cleveland Indians started the first six games of the season with a 4-2 record, two series wins and now the team looks towards their first away competition in Minnesota against the Twins.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Tom Withers / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
White Sox score late, top Indians 4-0 after Plesac fans 11
Discussion: South Side Sox and Let's Go Tribe
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Seranthony Dominguez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  —  Phillies righty Seranthony Dominguez has undergone Tommy John surgery, the club announced.  He had long battled with elbow issues.  —  With the news, the reliever will all but assuredly miss most of the 2021 season.
Noah Trister / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Rosenthal earns 1st save since 2017, Royals beat Tigers 5-3  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save since 2017 and the  —  Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night, overcoming  —  Miguel Cabrera's first multihomer game since 2016.
Discussion: Royals Review
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mike Foltynewicz Clears Waivers, Sent Outright To Braves' Alternate Training Site  —  The Braves announced Thursday that right-hander Mike Foltynewicz was sent outright to the team's alternate training site after going unclaimed on waivers.  He'll continue to work out there in hopes of returning to form.
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Cincinnati Reds to place Wade Miley on injured list, Tyler Mahle will stay in rotation  —  Left-hander Wade Miley will be placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained left groin.  —  That means in right-hander Tyler Mahle, in the rotation in Anthony DeSclafani's spot …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Place Jose Leclerc On 45-Day Injured List  —  5:40pm: The Rangers announced that Leclerc will be shut down for at least four weeks and will undergo platelet-rich plasma treatment later this week.  He's been placed on the 45-day injured list, which opens a spot on the 45-man roster.
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants add Brandon Belt, Evan Longoria to roster, option Jaylin Davis  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The Giants made a flurry of roster moves Thursday that added needed depth to their lineup and three strong gloves to a roster that has played sloppy baseball at times over the first week.
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
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.
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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