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Buster Olney / ESPN:
Aaron Judge in Queens?  Boston? 7 teams that could challenge Yankees for MLB's biggest likely free agent  —  The long-standing refrain about baseball free agents is that it takes just one aggressive owner to change everything.  Arte Moreno swooped in to sign Albert Pujols for the Angels.
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Nick O'Malley / Union-News:
Why Manny Ramirez says Derek Jeter would have been ‘just a regular player’ in Kansas City  —  1,378  —  Manny Ramirez said something crazy when he stopped by the NESN TV booth during Monday night's matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
Discussion: Boston.com and Call to the Pen
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran says he's unvaccinated, meaning he'll miss next week's series in Toronto  —  BOSTON — Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran said Wednesday that he remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, meaning he'll be ineligible to play next week's three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Alex Cora jokes Red Sox need to stop seating David Ortiz next to him during games: 'It's non-stop. It's not Fort Myers, bro'
Jen McCaffrey / The Athletic:
Manny Ramirez offers contract advice to Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Nets, Kyrie Irving at an impasse; latest on Miles Bridges; NBA Draft notes  —  With the NBA Draft three days away and free agency around the corner, trade conversations, signings and pursuits for all 30 teams have begun in earnest.  Across the league, major free agents — and potential free agents …
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Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at age 26  —  Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died, the team announced Wednesday.  He was 26.  —  “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Ravens said in a statement, which did not list a cause of death.
MLB.com:
All-Star Ballot standings as of June 21, 2022  —  Below are the complete standings for Phase 1 of fan voting for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard as of the first ballot update.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Gerrit Cole takes no-hitter into eighth inning, Yankees rally for 4-2 win against Rays  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Gerrit Cole paced up and down the dugout between the late innings.  The Yankees ace has accomplished a lot in his career, but he had never thrown a no-hitter.  He sprinted onto the field to start the eighth.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa not stressed over hamstring tightness
Keith Law / The Athletic:
MLB Mock Draft 2.0: Druw Jones goes No. 1 to Orioles in Keith Law's latest projection  —  Three weeks and five days to go until the 2022 MLB Draft begins, the Sunday night before the All-Star Game, by which point summer collegiate leagues will be half done and many players won't have picked up a bat or ball in two months.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
With the Chicago White Sox rotation finally whole, it's time for the starters to pick up the slack  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 17  —  White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison, center, celebrates with teammates after driving in the winning run with a single in the 12th inning on June 21, 2022, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Walks again hurt Chicago Cubs rookie Caleb Kilian in a blowout loss: 'It's super frustrating'  —  PITTSBURGH — Three starts into his big-league career, Caleb Kilian is searching for answers.  —  For a pitcher who didn't walk many batters in the minors since joining the Chicago Cubs organization last July …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Memo: MLB to require all teams to ‘muddy’ ball using exact same technique  —  Major League Baseball is now requiring teams to “muddy” baseballs before games using the exact same technique, according to a league memo sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by ESPN.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Ira Winderman's NBA mock draft: Will Heat go with familiar approach at No. 27?  —  MIAMI — The next generation will be unveiled shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, when Commissioner Adam Silver (COVID allowing), begins to greet the league's next wave in the first round of the NBA draft.
 
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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers set to promote Stefen Romero to majors for first time since 2016
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic keeping options open with No. 1 pick in draft
Jay Jaffe / FanGraphs Baseball:
The Yankees Are Keeping Pace With Their 1998 Powerhouse
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Still-too-early 2022 MLB All-Stars: AL and NL roster predictions
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
MLB power rankings: Yankees and Mets stay on top with baseball's best records
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Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez day-to-day due to hand injury
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Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Jerar Encarnacion's first MLB hit: A go-ahead grand slam in Marlins' win over Mets
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The makings of an ace: How Marlins' Sandy Alcantara is becoming one of MLB's top pitchers
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