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12:25 PM ET, July 2, 2022

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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles can't hold ninth-inning lead for first time this season, fall to Twins, 3-2, on Byron Buxton's walk-off home run  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge López's dominance as the Orioles' closer through June was evidenced by his minuscule ERA, his unwillingness to surrender home runs and the fact …
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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde ejected in series opener vs. Twins  —  Orioles manager Brandon Hyde got into a disagreement with home-plate umpire Ramon De Jesus, seemingly stemming from a first-pitch called strike against Cedric Mullins.  Mullins ended the at-bat with a double to tie the game at 1.
Discussion: Boston Herald
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Yankees struggles against Astros continue in 2-1 loss  —  HOUSTON — The past week hasn't been good to the idea that the Yankees are an unbeatable machine, one that's destined for a long-awaited return to the mountaintop.  —  Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Astros is the Yankees' third in their five games against Houston this week.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone talks about Joey Gallo's ‘heavy burden’ of not contributing to Yankees success
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Gary Phillips / New York Times:
‘Just Be Smart’: Yankees Look to Manage Workloads
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Baltimore Sun:
Ravens player Jaylon Ferguson died of fentanyl and cocaine, medical examiner office says  —  Jaylon Ferguson, the Ravens outside linebacker found unresponsive last month in a North Baltimore home, died from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, according to a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is on the verge of his 3rd All-Star Game.  He hopes Ian Happ joins him.  —  Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is on the verge of starting in his third All-Star Game.  —  And if Contreras has his way, he won't be the only Cubs player heading to Dodger Stadium in less than three weeks.
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds reliever Lucas Sims to miss remainder of 2022 season due to back injury  —  There was no hiding the frustration in Lucas Sims' voice as he stood in front of his locker.  —  He did everything he could to try to pitch through back pain, but it eventually became too much.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Union-News:
Jarren Duran chooses to get vaccinated, will be available for Red Sox in Toronto in September and October  —  After being forced to watch the Red Sox lose two out of three to the Toronto Blue Jays because he wasn't allowed in Canada, Jarren Duran has decided to get vaccinated.
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Jalen Brunson to sign 4-year, $110M deal with the Knicks: source  —  It was over before it started.  —  Jalen Brunson called off his meeting with the Mavericks and agreed to sign with the Knicks on a four-year deal worth around $104-$110 million, depending on bonuses, after the moratorium is lifted, a source confirmed Thursday.
Discussion: Denver Post and Boston Herald
Carlos Collazo / Baseball America:
2022 MLB Mock Draft V 5.0  —  It's a unique time on the calendar, however, as the college season is in the rearview mirror, but the scouting industry is largely spending time getting their first in-depth looks at the 2023 draft class.  There are plenty of scouts in Cary, N.C. …
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Mock: Jones, Holliday headline, as OU's Horton joins Round 1  —  CARY, N.C. — I'm down here for the PDP League, taking a moment in the run up to the 2022 Draft to get a look at the '23 high school class.  So are a ton of scouts, which initially got me excited to be able to mingle and get some good mock Draft information.
Discussion: Battery Power and Lone Star Ball
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mets among teams interested in Orioles' Trey Mancini  —  MORE FROM:  —  The Mets are among teams to check in on Trey Mancini, whose market is heating up.  Buck Showalter knows him from Baltimore.  We suggested here they could use a hitter; Andrew Benintendi or Josh Bell also would fit.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!  Celebrating the legendary contract that keeps on giving  —  Happy July 1.  —  Today is the day this country loves to celebrate in style, seeing an all-American dream play out in living color.  —  It's a little premature for July 4th fireworks.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
9 MLB players who should be first-time All-Stars at Dodger Stadium  —  The Midsummer Classic is just a few weeks away with a handful of players set make lifelong dreams come true.  —  At some point, everybody's a first-time All-Star.  —  Oh, this year's rendition of Major League Baseball's …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Andrew Joseph / USA Today:
Dodgers' Freddie Freeman says situation with agents remains ‘fluid’ after emotional return to Atlanta
 
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