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7:40 PM ET, August 1, 2020


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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 …
Sources: More St. Louis Cardinals test positive, Saturday's game postponed  —  Saturday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after at least four more members of the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Brewers' Lorenzo Cain decides to opt out of season  —  Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced Saturday.  —  “Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said in a statement.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Multiple Cardinals Players/Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19  —  9:47AM: One Cardinals player has tested positive, according to the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond, while The Athletic's Mark Saxon (Twitter link) reports three of the positive tests were from the coaching staff.
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Another Game Postponed With 4 More Coronavirus Cases for Cardinals  —  Three staffers and one player for the St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for the virus, prompting the postponement of a game Saturday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.  —  Major League Baseball's sputtering effort to play …
MLB calls off Cardinals-Brewers game due to positive coronavirus tests
TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Select Jose Rodriguez, Option Kyle Keller  —  The Los Angeles Angels announced a pair of roster moves after last night's ballgame.  Right-hander Kyle Keller has been optioned to their alternative training site.  In his place, righty Jose Rodriguez has been selected to join the major-league roster.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
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 aren't outdated in the next couple of hours!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.
Maddie Lee / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Quick takes: Yu Darvish deals in Cubs win over Pirates to open the series  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The Cubs opened the series against the Pirates with a 6-3 win at Wrigley Field.  —  Starting pitcher  —  Yu Darvish bounced back from a loss in his first outing …
Jack Harris / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Dodgers fall to Diamondbacks, squander Mookie Betts' best night with L.A.  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Mookie Betts ran as fast as he could, jumped as high as he could, reached as far as he could.  —  But on the outfielder's best night yet as a Dodger …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Lorenzo Cain Opts Out Of 2020 Season  —  Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the rest of the 2020 season, according to a team press release.  President of baseball operations David Stearns commented on the situation in the release, saying “Lorenzo Cain has informed us …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
David Ginsburg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Santander hits unique HR, has 3 RBIs as Orioles top Rays 6-3  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Santander hit an odd home run off  —  Blake Snell and had three RBIs to help the  —  Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Friday night.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Camden Chat
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 …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
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