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Dodgers P Price opts out of season

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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.

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Tanaka alert after hit in head by liner

NEW YORK (AP) With Masahiro Tanaka crumpled motionless on the mound, Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and scolded a video journalist for taking images.

This wasn't a scene anyone at Yankee Stadium wanted to see.

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Posey has 'reservation' about playing

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Braves' Freeman tests positive for virus

ATLANTA (AP) 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.

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Yankees' LeMahieu, Cessa test positive

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Braves: Name 'honors, supports' natives

ATLANTA (AP) 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.

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Braun more likely to play beyond 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) 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. He was more bullish on his baseball future Saturday as the Brewers held the first full-squad workout of their summer camp ahead of the 60-game season that starts later this month.

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Ex-MLB pitcher dies in plane crash

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah.

Ex-pitcher Tyson Brummett, 35, of Salt Lake City, was flying the small plane, which left from the South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan and crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon just before 8 a.m. Friday, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

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Ohtani aims to contribute with arm, bat

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) 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.

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