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Bill Baer

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge mashed a three-run homer on Sunday, making it five consecutive games with homers. A-Rod last did it for the Yankees.
Brewers DH Ryan Braun will head to the 10-day injured list due to an infected finger. He had a pair of singles and a double to start the season.
Angels DH Albert Pujols swatted a grand slam Sunday afternoon to give his team the lead. It’s the 658th homer of his career, two behind Willie Mays.
Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani’s struggles continued on the mound, walking five Astros, failing to finish the second inning on Sunday.
Mets OF/DH Yoenis Céspedes opts out of the 2020 season for COVID-19-related reasons, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Sunday.
Tigers reliever Tyler Alexander tied the AL record for consecutive strikeouts by fanning the first nine Reds he faced on Sunday afternoon.
Rockies reliever Scott Oberg will likely miss the rest of the 2020 season due to blood clots in his arm. It’s the third time he’s dealt with the issue.
Astros closer Roberto Osuna suffered an apparent injury Saturday against the Angels. He’s headed back to Houston for an MRI.
On Sunday, the Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the injured list for undisclosed reasons and activated pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.
Rangers closer José Leclerc will miss most if not all of the 2020 season due to a grade 2 strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder.
The Diamondbacks will promote catcher Daulton Varsho, their No. 3 prospect. He’s behind Carson Kelly and Stephen Vogt on the depth chart.
MLB and the MLBPA are discussing a deal that would shorten the length of doubleheaders from nine to seven innings each game.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz was designated for assignment earlier this week. He cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the alternate training site.
On Erick Fedde’s first pitch, umpire Joe West was hit on Bo Bichette’s backswing, causing him to bleed on the side of his face and exit the game.
Phillies reliever Seranthony Domínguez finally underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Doctors recommended the procedure back in March.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant turned a 5-3 triple play in Wednesday night’s 12-7 loss to the Reds. He appeared to get lucky on the play.
Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos struck the big blow in the fifth inning against the Cubs, belting a grand slam as part of a seven-run outburst.
Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Nate Pearson tossed five shutout innings in his MLB debut on Wednesday, trading zeroes with Max Scherzer.
Former Mets shortstop José Reyes announced on Wednesday his retirement from Major League Baseball, ending a 16-year career.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will miss his second scheduled start of the 2020 season due to nerve irritation in his right hand.
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games after throwing at Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, as well as taunting Correa.
Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nick Senzel won their appeal and have been allowed to return after self-reporting illnesses.
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw up and in at Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. Kelly also barked at Correa, causing both benches to clear.
The Astros and Dodgers will square off for the first time in 2020, and for the first time since the Astros were punished for cheating.