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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
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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:
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
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.
Brian Lewis / New York Post:
Nets still Kyrie Irving's most likely landing spot amid ‘impasse’  —  Despite the Nets and Kyrie Irving hitting an impasse in their talks, both sides are still working to find a happy medium in Brooklyn rather than an exit strategy out of it.  Or as a source told The Post “what's good for both [sides].”
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Max Scherzer completes first rehab start; Jacob deGrom throws first live batting practice since shoulder injury  —  HOUSTON - The Mets aces are taking significant steps toward their upcoming returns to the rotation.  —  Max Scherzer (left oblique strain) allowed two earned runs on two hits …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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 …
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers set to promote Stefen Romero to majors for first time since 2016  —  The 33-year-old outfielder played in Japan from 2017-21 before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February  —  A long and winding road is bringing Stefen Romero back to the big leagues.
Discussion: True Blue LA and MLB Trade Rumors
 
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