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7:05 PM 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.
Associated Press:
New York Mets manager Luis Rojas given two-game suspension, fine for arguing with umpires  —  MLB, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates  —  CINCINNATI — New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh.
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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.
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
Pat Ragazzo / Sports Illustrated:
Source: Mets Looking To Make ‘Big Splash’ At MLB Trade Deadline  —  The Mets are looking to make a “big splash” at the deadline, an industry source tells Inside the Mets.  Find out what this could entail.  —  With the MLB trade deadline just 11 days away, the New York Mets are planning on making a …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The 10 most intriguing questions of the 2021 MLB trade deadline  —  Major-league executives talk constantly at this time of year about “the line.”  Usually, they are referring to the line a buyer must cross for a seller to accept a trade.  But they also might be referring to the luxury-tax threshold …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Lone Star Ball
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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
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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