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Griffin Canning aims to break Angels
Griffin Canning aims to break Angels' bad luck streak with platelet-rich plasma injections

The Angels haven't had much recent success with players avoiding surgery after platelet-rich plasma injections, but Griffin Canning could buck the trend.

Nats
Nats' Sean Doolittle on recent protests: 'This is our generation's civil rights movement'

Doolittle called recent protests "our generation's civil rights movement."

Mike Yastrzemski believes MLB season will feel like September every game
Mike Yastrzemski believes MLB season will feel like September every game

Mike Yastrzemski and the Giants have to start hot to compete this season.

Luis Robert crushes baseballs at White Sox Summer Camp batting practice
Luis Robert crushes baseballs at White Sox Summer Camp batting practice

The crack of the bat seems to reverberate all the way to Lake Michigan.

MLB has new safety protocols, but there
MLB has new safety protocols, but there's only so much two key Giants can do

To help keep players, coaches and umpires safe, MLB has eliminated the pre-game exchange of lineup cards and instituted new rules regarding how close players can get on the field. The operations manual asks that players stand at least six feet apart during the anthem every night and discourages pre-game fraternization with members of the opposing team.

Brewers
Brewers' Yelich knows he had fortunate timing on new deal

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Yelich's deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball's shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game's financial future.

José Abreu: White Sox expectations still high, but
José Abreu: White Sox expectations still high, but 'it's on us' to meet them

There's good reason to believe Jose Abreu's promises of the White Sox bright future are about to come true. But the man with all the faith knows it's only possible if these White Sox do it themselves.

Sean Doolittle is in Washington, but still not positive he won
Sean Doolittle is in Washington, but still not positive he won't opt-out

The Nationals' closer is taking in new information and still considering whether to play this season.

Sean Doolittle:
Sean Doolittle: 'Sports are like the reward of a functioning society'

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle spoke about playing baseball during a pandemic, saying, "Sports are like the reward of a functioning society."

David Ross: Offense will be Cubs
David Ross: Offense will be Cubs' 'strong suit' in 2020 season

The Cubs' offensive performance in Saturday's intrasquad game was eye-opening for manager David Ross.

Braves
Braves' Felix Hernandez opts out of season due to pandemic

Former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Hernandez, 34, opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made after Hernandez participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.

Two Nationals players test positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
Two Nationals players test positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

The players tested positive at the initial intake screen conducted in the middle of the week.

White Sox announce two players test positive for COVID-19
White Sox announce two players test positive for COVID-19

The White Sox announced Sunday that two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the team's testing of players, staff and front-office members.

Félix Hernández will sit out 2020 season due to COVID-19
Félix Hernández will sit out 2020 season due to COVID-19

Félix Hernández's agent Wilfredo Polidor said on Saturday that his client will sit out 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Astros in DC for July 4, but fans can still share Davey Martinez
No Astros in DC for July 4, but fans can still share Davey Martinez's optimism

The Nationals didn't host the Astros in a World Series rematch on July 4 like they were originally scheduled to do. But Davey Martinez isn't dwelling on the games that were lost as a result of the pandemic.

Masahiro Tanaka released from hospital after taking line drive to head
Masahiro Tanaka released from hospital after taking line drive to head

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive on Saturday afternoon. He was later released from the hospital.

Dodgers aren
Dodgers aren't devaluing World Series title in coronavirus-shortened season

Dodgers players know they are contenders to win a World Series title, and the team doesn't believe a championship during a shortened season deserves an asterisk.

Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19, suffering from a high fever
Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19, suffering from a high fever

Freeman's wife said that "this virus hit him like a ton of bricks"

Dodgers pitcher Price won
Dodgers pitcher Price won't play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn't participate in the 60-game season that's scheduled to begin July 23. ''After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health for me to not play this season,'' he said.

MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers
MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers

The White Sox offense led the way to a win over the Rangers on the Fourth of July.

Cubs, MLB persist as high-profile COVID-19 cases reported across baseball
Cubs, MLB persist as high-profile COVID-19 cases reported across baseball

There's nothing left to shock us about this pandemic - not spiking coronavirus infection rates across large swaths of the country, a national death toll of 132,000 or even one of the biggest stars in the National League being stricken with what looks like a tough case of the virus.

David Price has opted out of the 2020 season
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season

Price: "I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health for me to not play this season"

D-backs
D-backs' MadBum back on mound, tries to stay healthy in camp

Arizona's new pitching addition Madison Bumgarner was having a little fun on the mound during his first summer workout on Saturday, dropping down sidearm and firing a fastball that buzzed catcher Stephen Vogt, who quickly spun out of harm's way. Manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday another player on the 60-man roster tested positive. ''If you're not worried about your health, you're not taking care of yourself like you should and taking precautions like you should,'' Bumgarner said.

Why the Cubs were ready for an intrasquad scrimmage on Day 2 of Summer Camp
Why the Cubs were ready for an intrasquad scrimmage on Day 2 of Summer Camp

It wasn't the production the venue had come to expect on Fourth of July, but any kind of baseball on the holiday was a victory during the coronavirus pandemic.

Giants have
Giants have 'golden opportunity' in 2020 season, Mike Krukow believes

If the Giants are going to defy expectations this season, it's because of the veterans on the roster.

Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus
Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus

Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season. ''It will be a while before we can get him back,'' manager Brian Snitker said Saturday about Freeman. Snitker said the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.

Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive, Tanaka hurt
Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive, Tanaka hurt

David Price announces he won't play this season. Major League Baseball is getting ready for a 60-game season that won't include Price, a former Cy Young Award winner who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February.

Gabe Kapler, Giants will support Buster Posey if he opts out of season
Gabe Kapler, Giants will support Buster Posey if he opts out of season

On Day 2 of Summer Camp workouts, off-the-field developments dominated the news cycle.

Brewers' Braun says he's now more likely to play beyond 2020

Milwaukee Brewers veteran Ryan Braun said he's more likely to continue playing beyond 2020 because of the unusual circumstances of this pandemic-shortened season. Braun said in January that he was considering retiring after the season. ''I feel like it's more likely that I play another year than I anticipated a few months back,'' Braun said.

Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive, Tanaka hurt
Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive, Tanaka hurt

David Price announces he won't play this season. Major League Baseball is getting ready for a 60-game season that won't include Price, a former Cy Young Award winner who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February.

Angels pitcher Julio Teheran missing from camp for second day in row
Angels pitcher Julio Teheran missing from camp for second day in row

Angels right-hander Julio Teheran was absent from team workouts again Saturday, and manager Joe Maddon did not disclose the reason.

Determined Ohtani charging back into 2-way role for Angels
Determined Ohtani charging back into 2-way role for Angels

Shohei Ohtani is doing twice as much work as his Los Angeles Angels teammates again, and he's thrilled about it. The majors' first serious two-way player in decades is alternating between batting practice and bullpen sessions this week at the Big A. Ohtani is determined to contribute on the mound and at the plate when the Angels return to action later this month for the short major league season. Ohtani will pitch roughly once a week, and he'll serve as the Halos' designated hitter for a few games in between.

Dallas Keuchel suggests White Sox can
Dallas Keuchel suggests White Sox can 'wreak a little havoc in the AL Central'

Dallas Keuchel is of the opinion that luck will play a big role in this most unusual 60-game season. But he also sees the White Sox as capable of standing out among the AL Central's best teams.

Dodgers pitcher Price won
Dodgers pitcher Price won't play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn't participate in the 60-game season that's scheduled to begin July 23. ''After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family's health for me to not play this season,'' he said.

Yankees pitcher Tanaka
Yankees pitcher Tanaka 'alert and walking' after being hit in head by line drive at spring training

SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JULY 4, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - Broadcaster and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES') (MUTE) 1. STILL PHOTO OF NEW YORK YANKEES MASAHIRO TANAKA THROWING PITCH DURING SPRING TRAINING SIMULATED GAME 2. STILL PHOTO OF TANAKA DOWN ON GROUND AFTER BEING HIT IN HEAD BY LINE DRIVE 3. STILL PHOTO OF TEAM DOCTORS AND TRAINERS TENDING TO TANAKA 4. WIDE STILL PHOTO OF TANAKA BEING TENDED TO 5. STILL PHOTO OF TANAKA SITTING UP 6. STILL PHOTO OF TANAKA WALKING OFF FIELD WITH HELP INTERNET (JULY 4, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA...

Dodgers
Dodgers' David Price decides to opt out of shortened 2020 MLB season

The Dodgers just took a serious hit to their pitching depth.

Masahiro Tanaka hit in the head off a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton
Masahiro Tanaka hit in the head off a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a scary line drive off of his head during the Yankees practice on Saturday.

Yanks pitcher Tanaka alert after hit in head by Stanton blow
Yanks pitcher Tanaka alert after hit in head by Stanton blow

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team's first official summer camp workout. Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.

Competitive environment crucial for young Tigers
Competitive environment crucial for young Tigers

Grayson Greiner compared it to college, and JaCoby Jones wonders if it's possible to make this training camp a little more ... interesting. ''Maybe we'll have little fun bets and little wagers on it and just make it a little more fun, and a little more competition,'' said Jones, an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. It's been clear for while that preparing for this baseball season will be different.

Eloy Jiménez tries to keep joking, start winning amid MLB rule changes
Eloy Jiménez tries to keep joking, start winning amid MLB rule changes

The jovial Eloy Jimenez, who always enjoys goofing around with teammates, isn't thrilled with all of MLB's social-distancing measures. But he's as happy as ever and excited about the White Sox chances in the shortened season.

Yankees pitcher Tanaka hit in head by Stanton line drive

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team's first official summer camp workout. Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.

MLB rumors: Giants-Dodgers set for Opening Day, national TV on July 23
MLB rumors: Giants-Dodgers set for Opening Day, national TV on July 23

Giants fans across the country reportedly will get to see San Francisco's first game of the shortened 60-game 2020 MLB season on their televisions.

MLB schedule 2020: Cubs, White Sox to open season July 24, according to report
MLB schedule 2020: Cubs, White Sox to open season July 24, according to report

The Cubs and White Sox will begin their seasons in less than three weeks.

Cubs, David Ross focusing on positives during
Cubs, David Ross focusing on positives during 'strange' Fourth of July

On the second Fourth of July without baseball since 1871, Cubs manager David Ross is keeping a positive outlook on Day 2 of Summer Camp.

Atlanta Braves give no indication of considering name change
Atlanta Braves give no indication of considering name change

With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change. The Cleveland Indians said Friday they're reconsidering their nickname following the furor over the NFL Washington Redskins name. The Braves released a statement saying the team ''honors, supports, and values the Native American community.

Time to tip your cap to some great baseball players who were locked out of MLB
Time to tip your cap to some great baseball players who were locked out of MLB

As the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues passes, it's time to pay tribute

Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus
Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus

Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season. ''It will be a while before we can get him back,'' manager Brian Snitker said Saturday about Freeman. Snitker said the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.

Davey Martinez names Carter Kieboom the Nationals
Davey Martinez names Carter Kieboom the Nationals' starting third baseman

The Nationals will use the rookie to replace Anthony Rendon in a shortened season.

Freddie Freeman and three other Braves have tested positive for the coronavirus
Freddie Freeman and three other Braves have tested positive for the coronavirus

Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giants add four more to player pool, including two top infield prospects
Giants add four more to player pool, including two top infield prospects

With the addition of Toribio and the possibility of Bishop being added, the Giants would have many of their top 10 prospects in camp.


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