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11:25 AM ET, July 19, 2021

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Brendan Kuty / New Jersey Online:
Yankees, MLB ban fan for life after throwing baseball at Red Sox's Alex Verdugo  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have banned the fan who threw a baseball and hit Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo from Yankee Stadium for life, a team spokesman said Sunday afternoon.
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Mike Fitzpatrick / Associated Press:
Yankee Stadium fan banned from MLB parks for hitting Verdugo  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending big league games.  —  The decision was confirmed Sunday …
ESPN:
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.
Washington Post:
Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting outside Nationals Park  —  Saturday night's game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres was suspended after multiple gunshots were fired outside Nationals Park in a chaotic scene that ended with fans on the field and in the dugouts.
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Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave after an alleged domestic violence incident  —  Major League Baseball is placing Starlin Castro on administrative leave stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident earlier this summer, multiple sources told The Athletic.
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.
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Federal Baseball
ESPN:
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom sidelined with forearm tightness; will miss Monday start  —  New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is sidelined with right forearm tightness and will miss his scheduled start Monday at the Cincinnati Reds, manager Luis Rojas said Saturday.
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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.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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 …
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.
 
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