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On Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that three players tested positive for COVID-19, and three others were pending results. It looks like manager Aaron Boone received the additional results, as he told Lindsey Alder of The Athletic that six players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

New York would not only make up ground in the division, but also tell the rest of the league they’re not going away that easy and there’s a lot of baseball left. And if they can do that, it gets easier with the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals before facing the Chicago White Sox and Red Sox again when August rolls around.Atlanta Braves

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Los Angeles Angels luminary Shohei Ohtani is so electric, he rakes on his days off, too.Colorado Rockies

“I thought he was calm — even though he probably wasn’t,” Maddon said. “I liked the way he looked, the way he moved.”

Actually, the American League as a whole should be concerned. After the embarrassing 2020 campaign where they finished in last place of the AL East, the Red Sox are now looking like serious threats to go on a deep postseason run. Adding Sale to the mix will only make things even sweeter.

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On Saturday, the Chicago White Sox announced a two-year extension with their star pitcher, totaling $38 million. The team also holds an option for the 2024 campaign.Kansas City Royals

After a down year in 2020, Escobar is fully back to the form he showed when producing 35 homers and 118 RBIs in 2019. The slugger leads the D-backs by wide margins in homers (21) and RBIs (64), which makes him one of the only bright spots in their otherwise depressing season. I expect Escobar to be on a contending team down the stretch, at which time he could have more chances to be involved in run scoring.Cincinnati Reds

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