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Nats cancel workout, GM Rizzo slams MLB

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WASHINGTON (AP) Baseball's two World Series finalists canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season.

The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.

"We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families," Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk."

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Braves OF Markakis opts out of season

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2 Brewers test positive for coronavirus

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Francona favors Indians changing name

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland manager Terry Francona won't sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname.

"I think it's time to move forward," Francona said Sunday.

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Ex-Cy Young winner Hernandez opts out

ATLANTA (AP) 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.

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2 Nats test positive for coronavirus

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Pair of D-backs relievers test positive

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White Sox say 2 players test positive

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P Heaney tabbed to start Angels' opener

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels.

Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his choice Sunday before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24.

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