Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Sticky stuff 101: Everything you need to know as MLB's foreign-substance crackdown begins — Beginning with Monday's games, pitchers will be ejected and suspended for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs as Major League Baseball ramps up its enforcement of an area that has been the talk of baseball in recent weeks.
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com: From Joe Girardi to Larry Andersen, opinions differ on MLB's sticky situation
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Did Texas Rangers pitchers use foreign substances? 'I'm not going to lie to you guys.'
Ryan Dunleavy / New York Post: Mets' Jacob deGrom first pitcher checked for foreign substances under new MLB protocol
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic: As MLB's crackdown on foreign substances advances, now comes the difficult part
Rich Dubroff / BaltimoreBaseball.com: Mullins gains in All-Star voting; Umpires' inspection of balls begins; Valdez goes to injured list
Michael Cerami / Bleacher Nation: MLBits: The Sticky Era Ends(?) Tonight, Franco Gets the Call, the Cardinals Prefer Rain, More
Michael Canter / Cubs Insider: The Rundown: Best to Forget Marlins Series, Offensive Struggles Continue, Alzolay Returns Tonight, Sticky Substance Crackdown Starts Today
Ethan Witte / The Good Phight: Rise and Phight: 6/22/2021 — A big week for the Phillies begins tonight — The Phillies have a big week this week.
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Some MLB teams plan to ask umpires to check pitchers for foreign substances, sources say — Baseball's rule against the use of foreign substances has been buried for decades underneath a gentlemen's agreement held among managers, who almost uniformly refused to ask umpires to check opposing pitchers …
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Chipper Jones awaits pitcher regression as MLB's banned substances ban begins: ‘You had fair warning’ — As Major League Baseball's honest-to-goodness, we're-gonna-enforce-it ban on foreign substances takes hold across the big leagues on Monday, one Hall of Famer will have his popcorn ready …
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom dominant in first game of MLB's grip crackdown, extends scoreless streak to 30 innings; Mets and Braves split — 100. 99. 100. — If there were any concerns about Jacob deGrom's arm heading into his start on Monday, those radar gun readings on his first three pitches quieted them immediately.
Anthony DiComo / Mets News:
Nimmo nears return; Cohen on extensions — WASHINGTON — The Mets took a significant step closer to being whole on Sunday, when outfielder Brandon Nimmo began a Minor League rehab assignment for Triple-A Syracuse. Nimmo had been sidelined since May 3 due to a torn ligament near the base …
Anthony Franco / MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Owner Steve Cohen Discusses Luxury Tax, deGrom, Stroman
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets bats still unhelpful, Nationals take four-game series — Not even the 90-degree heat in the nation's capital could thaw the Mets' ice-covered bats. — The Mets collected just nine runs and 21 hits in the four-game series at Nationals Park over the weekend, culminating in a 5-2 loss to the Nationals in the finale on Sunday.
Nick Vlahos / USA Today:
Ex-Cubs star Ben Zobrist claims wife Julianna had affair with their pastor, lawsuit says — About a year after he took a leave of absence from the Chicago Cubs, Ben Zobrist discovered his wife was having an affair with their minister, according to court documents.
Benjy Sabitt / Awesemo.com: Ben Zobrist Details Wife Julianna's Affair With The Family Pastor In Lawsuit
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune: Ben Zobrist lawsuit alleges his pastor had an affair with his wife Julianna and defrauded the former Chicago Cubs player's charity
Elizabeth Karpen / New York Post: Ex-MLB star Ben Zobrist's fraudulent priest slept with his wife: lawsuit
Dustin Foote / Deadspin: Ben Zobrist claims wife had affair with couple's pastor
Matthew Robeson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Players, experts, and doctors agree: Rob Manfred is putting pitchers in harm's way with new sticky stuff regulations — “I'm choking the s— out of my pitches.” — Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Tyler Glasnow was nearing the halfway mark of the best season of his career until his elbow started barking.
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton fractures left hand on HBP days after return from lengthy absence — In just his third game since returning from an extended absence, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton suffered a left hand fracture when he was hit by a pitch during Monday night's 7-5 extra-inning win …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
The Yankees think their bad season start is over, but Gerrit Cole is not so convinced — The Yankees won their second straight series Sunday, taking two out of three from the American League West-leading A's. They have won five out of their last six games since a brutal stretch that included …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mick Akers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
A's look to narrow list of possible Las Vegas ballpark sites — The Oakland Athletics return to Las Vegas this week for more talks about possible relocation to Southern Nevada. — The focus of this trip, led by A's owner John Fisher and team president Dave Kaval, is the potential location of a stadium.
Discussion: Mercury News
Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
I Am Breaking My Silence About the Baseball Player Who Raped Me — Kat O'Brien is a former journalist and baseball writer for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday. — I was 22 years old and working as a sports reporter when I was raped by a Major League Baseball player.
Shannon Larson Globe / The Boston Globe: ‘I have found my voice’: Decrying culture of harassment in MLB, a former journalist says she was raped by a player
Kate Sheehy / New York Post: Former NY sportswriter Kat O'Brien reveals she was raped by MLB player in 2002
Jason Owens / MLB Baseball News, Scores …: Former baseball beat writer says she was raped by MLB player in 2002
Adam J. Morris / Lone Star Ball: Kat O'Brien breaks her silence on being raped by a player