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#SportsReport: Tanaka Back In Ballpark, On Concussion Protocol

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Masahiro Tanaka in 2019

The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton's line drive. 

They're hoping Yankee Stadium's lights will do the same this week. The Yankees are planning to hold intrasquad night games Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the July 23 start of a 60-game regular season condensed by the coronavirus pandemic. Tanaka is in concussion protocol after a CT scan came back negative. Manager Aaron Boone says it looks like the Japanese right-hander "dodged a bullet."

In other MLB news: 

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 34-year-old's decision at least temporarily ends his bid to revive his career — a six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season. The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park. The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to "clean this up."

The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. 

The Oakland Athletics' first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn't received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he's asked wife Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. Correa's wife was Miss Texas in 2016. The pair wed in the Dominican Republic in December. Correa spoke at length after Sunday's workout about the importance of personal responsibility among the players if they hope to get through this season. 

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive but Sunday was the first time any were identified. Lovullo said both players are doing well.

Cleveland Indians' Manager Terry Francona believes it's time for the team to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should "move forward" and consider a new name. The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a "best path forward with regard to our team name." The move came hours after the NFL's Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname. Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys.

NHL

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players' Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. The league's board of governors and players' executive committee and full membership must approve it for it to happen. If ratified, the agreement will end a pandemic-forced shutdown for 31 teams across North America that began in mid-March. Games would resume in late July or early August with 24 teams taking part in expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October.

NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team's Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren't planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA's resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.

GOLF

Bryson DeChambeau got the result he was looking for from transforming his body. With jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. DeChambeau shot a 7-under 65 at Detroit Golf Club to finish at a career-best 23-under 265. DeChambeau came into the week with six straight top-eight finishes and was the only player with top 10s in the first three events after the restart from the coronavirus. He won for the first time since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in November 2018. Matthew Wolff was second.

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick took advantage of Denny Hamlin's late crash and wound up winning his third Brickyard 400 title. A tire changer for NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney was taken to a hospital during the race — Zachary Price was pinned between Blaney's No. 12 car and another car after a six-car pileup near the entrance of pit road 16 laps into the race. Five of the drivers were checked at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's infield medical center and were released. Blaney, meanwhile, returned to the race. NASCAR said Price had been transported to a hospital for further evaluation.

F1

Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty. Hamilton's penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third. The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race.

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