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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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Michael King and Clay Holmes have been dominant, but their heavy workload is concerning  —  ST. PETERSBURG — In the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, Michael King popped up onto the bullpen mound.  The Yankees' reliable right-hander had been noticeably missing from the game the night before.
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Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
The Houston Astros remain the class of the AL West and will provide tough test for both Mets, Yankees  —  The naysayers can no longer complain about the Yankees beating up on a soft schedule.  —  As the team blitzed everything in sight on their way to a historic start …
Discussion: Boston Herald
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 and The Boston Globe
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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
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
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Shohei Ohtani's 2-homer, 8-RBI night not enough as Angels lose to Royals in 11 innings  —  Ohtani's three-run blasts - including one to tie the score in the ninth - help the Angels rally from deficits of 5-0, 6-1 and 10-7, before losing, 12-11  —  ANAHEIM ― As Shohei Ohtani rounded the bases …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Daily News
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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Before they were Angels teammates, Mike Trout helped David MacKinnon hit for power
Discussion: Press Enterprise and Daily News
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.
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.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
After losing lead and rallying, Chicago White Sox outlast Toronto Blue Jays in 12 innings for ‘a very special win’  —  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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
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