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1:30 PM ET, August 2, 2020


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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says ‘we are playing’ but ‘players need to be better’  —  Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident the 2020 season can continue, telling ESPN's Karl Ravech on Saturday that “there is no reason to quit now” despite positive coronavirus tests …
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:
More Games 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 and a doubleheader Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
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
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed
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Joey Votto placed on the injured list after reporting COVID-19 symptoms  —  Joey Votto was placed on the injury list without a designation before Sunday's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, which signals it's related to COVID-19 symptoms.  —  Votto self-reported symptoms …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays' Kevan Smith on injured list, being tested for COVID-19  —  Brendan McKay rejoins workouts in Port Charlotte after positive test sidelined him 3 1/2 weeks.  —  Rays catcher Kevan Smith was placed on the injured list prior to Saturday's game in Baltimore after feeling lightheaded …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Trade Rumors
David Ginsburg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Santander hits unique HR, has 3 RBIs as Orioles top Rays 6-3
Discussion: Camden Chat and DRaysBay
Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez done for season due to heart issue  —  Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a heart issue, the team announced Saturday.  —  Rodriguez has been diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Charles Odum / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Acuña breaks out with first HR, 2 RBI as Braves top Mets 7-1  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. shook off a slow start by driving in two runs with two hits, including his first homer, and the  —  New York Mets 7-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Amazin' Avenue
Jay Cohen / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Chatwood fans 11, Cubs hit 3 homers to beat Pirates 4-3  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in another terrific performance, and the  —  Chicago Cubs used the long ball to beat the  —  Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Saturday night.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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
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 …
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