Joey Gallo's negative COVID-19 tests seem hopeful, but MLB can't make exceptions

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fifty-six of the 58 players on the Texas Rangers' roster for summer camp have been cleared to participate after testing negative for COVID-19 in the pre-camp screening process.

One of the final stragglers, though for reasons unknown, was Ronald Guzman, who was in the lineup Wednesday in a simulated game at Globe Life Field. ...Read more

Slugger Kyle Schwarber is preparing for any role with Cubs — including DH: 'I'm going to be ready when I'm called on'

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CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber will gladly accept any role manager David Ross presents him, including the designated-hitter duties that will be instituted in the National League for the shortened 60-game season.

Schwarber has developed into an adequate left fielder since making the transition from catcher after the Chicago Cubs selected him in the ...Read more

Giants suspend workouts at Oracle Park, hope to restart on Wednesday

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The San Francisco Giants planned to hold their first modified scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday at Oracle Park, but the team announced it was temporarily suspending workouts pending coronavirus test results.

Manager Gabe Kapler said Giants players, coaches and staffers who were tested for COVID-19 on Saturday had not yet received results ...Read more

Eloy Jimenez is looking to build off the strong September he had with White Sox last season

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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez was locked in last September.

The Chicago White Sox left fielder had a .340/.383/.710 slash line with eight doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBIs in the month to finish his rookie season with a flourish.

"At the beginning (of the season) I was just worrying about (how) I needed to play hard and I needed to do this and I ...Read more

Is this the safest schedule MLB could put together? Experts are split

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In a pandemic-shortened regular season dedicated to risk management, with bans on everything from fans to spitting, the Major League Baseball schedule unveiled Monday arguably forces each team to take five more trips than necessary.

"You want to minimize travel, absolutely," said Dr. Dena Grayson, a Florida-based pandemic expert. "That would ...Read more

Nick Markakis says 'eye opening' conversation with Freddie Freeman led to decision

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ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has decided not to play in the 2020 season, manager Brian Snitker announced Monday.

Markakis, 36, made his decision a few days into camp. The Braves held their first workouts Friday, two days after players began filing into camps.

"I was excited to get back to playing just as much as everyone else," ...Read more

How a Marlins player helped save his alma mater's baseball program amid COVID-19 cuts

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MIAMI -- The news came down in mid-May, about two months after sports around the country were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Miami Marlins utility man Jon Berti wasn't sure how to react.

Bowling Green university, Berti's alma mater, was cutting its baseball program as part of an effort to slash $2 million from the athletic...Read more

For Orioles with young children, quality family time gives way to baseball-mandated quarantine

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BALTIMORE -- A young team like the Baltimore Orioles is bound to have plenty of firsts both on and off the field, and the shortened 2020 season should be no different.

For third baseman Rio Ruiz and reliever Paul Fry, this would have been their first full seasons as fathers after welcoming babies last year. As it is, they relished the time at ...Read more

Mariners' contingent of Black players will make sure their voices are heard

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SEATTLE -- They will no longer be silent. They will no longer be afraid to speak up for what they believe is right and speak out against what they know to be wrong. They'll educate teammates and others who don't understand. And they won't back down from this fight.

The movement to fight the long-standing systemic racism in this country reached ...Read more

Pirates Blake Cederlind, Socrates Brito test positive for COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH -- Manager Derek Shelton said on Saturday that the Pirates did indeed have a couple people test positive for COVID-19.

A day later, with two players' permission, he divulged who had contracted COVID-19 -- reliever Blake Cederlind and Socrates Brito.

Neither Cederlind nor Brito was expected to begin the 2020 season with the big club,...Read more

Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- There were times throughout the negotiations between the players' union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.

The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.

And it's ...Read more

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

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LOS ANGELES -- For three months, as Major League Baseball's owners and the players' union snapped public jabs at each other, an uncomfortable reality was again exposed. MLB, above all, is a business, the same as other major professional sports leagues. And before a 2020 season was staged, figuring out how to divide billions of dollars was a ...Read more

Whit Merrifield says he had an obligation to his KC Royals family despite pandemic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For Kansas City Royals All-Star do-it-all defender and MLB hits leader Whit Merrifield, the decision to play this season came quickly and decisively. But it wasn't without thoughtfulness or consideration of the seriousness of COVID-19.

At the end of a week that has seen notable major league players such as Washington ...Read more

Miguel Sano sits out Twins workouts after positive test for COVID-19

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano, the Twins' All-Star slugger, will miss the beginning of summer training camp after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team has revealed.

Sano is the player that President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey declined to identify Friday in announcing that two Twins major leaguers -- utility player Willians ...Read more

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

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LOS ANGELES -- Maybe this time will be different, and an Angels pitcher who receives an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his elbow will not only return to action at a high level but avoid surgery that would sideline him for at least a year.

The team's recent track record with the procedure, which is supposed to promote healing in the ulnar ...Read more

2 Chicago White Sox players test positive for COVID-19

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CHICAGO -- The reality of the challenges for the upcoming season hit home Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, who announced two players tested positive for COVID-19.

The Sox did not disclose the names and said in a news release that the players requested privacy at this time.

Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, the ...Read more

Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler said his status for the season is uncertain as he awaits birth of child

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PHILADELPHIA -- Zack Wheeler arrived last week to Philadelphia, days before he was scheduled to report to Citizens Bank Park for the start of summer camp. He spent the majority of baseball's three-month shutdown in Georgia, throwing five times a week and facing hitters to make sure his right arm -- the one in which the Phillies invested $118 ...Read more

Braves have options at first base if Freddie Freeman misses games

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ATLANTA -- The Braves haven't begun to plan for first baseman Freddie Freeman's possible absence on opening day, but they know the candidates to replace him.

Freeman was one of four Braves who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. He's had a fever, body chills and other symptoms, according to his wife, Chelsea. First and foremost, the Braves ...Read more

Manny Machado ready to give Padres a run

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SAN DIEGO -- Being Manny Machado means you don't have to always give 100%.

He's so skilled he can sometimes play at a high level without being fully engaged. He's got so much of what the Dominican players call flow that other times it just looks like he's not fully engaged. It's who he is and probably a big part of why he is so productive. He ...Read more

Why are the Orioles players all going forward with this season? Their careers are on the line.

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BALTIMORE -- Mike Elias, the man charged with guiding the Orioles through a homegrown rebuilding process that now features this summer's coronavirus-caused detour, has been steadfast this week that if anyone on the major league team wanted to opt out of the 2020 season, the team would understand.

Manager Brandon Hyde said as much Friday during ...Read more