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9:15 AM ET, July 17, 2021


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Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees expected to play Friday after COVID-19 postponement  —  The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are expected to return to action Friday, sources told ESPN's Enrique Rojas, after positive COVID-19 tests for Yankees players caused Thursday's game to be postponed.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Aaron Judge among six New York Yankees to test positive for COVID-19  —  All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge was among six New York Yankees players who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, forcing the postponement of their home game against the Boston Red Sox that was supposed …
Alex Speier Globe / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox ace Chris Sale inches closer to return after rehab start  —  NEW YORK — While the Red Sox did not play on Thursday due to the COVID-19-induced postponement of their game against the Yankees, a potential game-changing second-half contributor for the team hit a milestone by getting back on the field in Florida.
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Nationals' Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave after domestic violence accusation  —  Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been placed on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates a domestic violence accusation against him, the league said in a statement Friday.
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Shohei Ohtani donates Home Run Derby earnings to Angels support staff  —  ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani didn't win the Home Run Derby, but he still made a handful of Angels employees winners for his efforts.  —  Ohtani received $150,000 for participating in the Derby, but he distributed …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Simply thankful’ Shohei Ohtani calls MLB All-Star Game the most memorable experience of his career  —  DENVER - He wasn't voted the MVP, that honor went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  —  He didn't produce a hit, or even get the ball out of the infield in two plate appearances.
Henry Abbott / TrueHoop:
About that time  —  Source: Damian Lillard will request trade  —  Fifty-five is a ridiculous number of points to score in an NBA game, no matter how many shots you take.  Just 45 days ago, Blazers guard Damian Lillard—thanks to 12 3s, and 90 percent free-throw shooting—managed it while taking just 24 shots.
Associated Press:
New York Mets' Francisco Lindor leaves game with sore right side after swing  —  PITTSBURGH — New York Mets star shortstop Francisco Lindor left Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side.  —  Lindor winced after grounding out to second base.
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
MLB midseason power rankings: San Francisco Giants take back No. 1 spot at the break  —  Coming out of the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants have MLB's best record at 57-32 and a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, earning themselves the No. 1 spot …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has administrative leave extended to July 27, sources say  —  The administrative leave for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been extended by nearly two weeks to July 27, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.  —  The move pushes Bauer's leave past …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Trevor Bauer's administrative leave is extended through July 27
David Waldstein / New York Times:
In a First, an M.L.B. Game Will be Called Entirely by Women  —  “It can't help but feel different,” said Alanna Rizzo, who will be part of the crew for an Orioles-Rays game alongside Melanie Newman, Sarah Langs, Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner.  —  Next week, for the first time on a broadcast …
Matthew DeFranks / Dallas Morning News:
Stars goalie Ben Bishop agrees to waive no-movement clause for expansion draft  —  Bishop's decision would allow Dallas to protect Anton Khudobin, while Jake Oettinger is exempt from selection. … Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has agreed to waive his no-movement clause for the upcoming Seattle …
Los Angeles Angels sign outfielder Adam Eaton  —  Outfielder Adam Eaton, who was unconditionally released by the Chicago White Sox on Monday, has been signed by the Los Angeles Angels, it was announced Wednesday.  —  Eaton, 32, was in his second stint with the White Sox after signing a one-year …
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