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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed  —  Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn't do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season …
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MLB calls off Cardinals-Brewers game due to positive coronavirus tests  —  MLB, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers  —  Two St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus, resulting in Major League Baseball postponing Friday afternoon's game at the Milwaukee Brewers, it was announced.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB requiring teams to add coronavirus protocol compliance officers
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Astros owner Jim Crane opens up on sign-stealing scandal: ‘It weighs on all of us every day’  —  HOUSTON — Jim Crane, with the Houston Astros 2017 World Series championship trophy displayed in front of him, looked outside his office window Wednesday, saw the sheets of rain pounding …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals-Brewers Game Postponed Due To Positive Covid-19 Tests  —  11:55am: The Cardinals issued a statement that the two tests which came back positive were performed Wednesday prior to their game with the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis.  The Cardinals have not been to Miller Park yet.
Brett Ballantini / Sports Illustrated:
Gamethread: White Sox at Royals  —  All right guys, a bit of a quickie gamethread, I might be missing the game attending to a family matter.  Hopefully the lineups etc. aren't outdated in the next couple of hours!  —  It's Nick Madrigal Day!  The rookie is in the lineup, batting ninth tonight.
Michael Wagaman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Flores homers to get Giants going in 9-2 win over Rangers  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer off  —  Mike Minor in the fifth inning, and the  —  San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Friday night.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Sign Cody Allen To Minor League Deal  —  The Cubs announced Friday that they've signed right-hander Cody Allen to a minor league contract and assigned him to their alternate training site in South Bend.  The team's player pool is now up to 58.  —  It wasn't that long ago that Allen …
John Tomase / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Red Sox were positioned to dominate Yankees for a decade, so what the hell happened?  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Red Sox won it all in 2013, a rival executive took stock of the team's future with downright jealousy.  —  “With the talent on that roster and in that farm system …
Jack Baer / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Rangers radio broadcaster Matt Hicks tests positive for COVID-19  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  In addition to clubhouses, the coronavirus is now reaching MLB broadcast booths.  —  Texas Rangers radio broadcaster Matt Hicks is one of two individuals in the booth …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Select Greg Bird, Jimmy Herget; Designate Ariel Jurado  —  The Rangers announced they've selected the contracts of first baseman Greg Bird and righty Jimmy Herget.  To create 40-man space, the team designated righty Ariel Jurado for assignment.  —  Bird, 27, turned in an impressive showing upon …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
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 …
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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