New York Mets GM Zack Scott rebuts Pete Alonso, says balls have ‘no influence’ on pay

NEW YORK — Mets acting general manager Zack Scott refuted New York first baseman Pete Alonso‘s charge that Major League Baseball has been manipulating baseballs to hurt potential free agents, saying changes to the ball would have “no influence on how players are valued or paid.” Asked Wednesday about the simmering debate over pitchers’ use […]

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China Brands Covid Lab-Leak Theory As Absurd, US Urges Transparency

US, China are deeply at odds over several issues (Representational) Washington/Beijing: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the need for cooperation and transparency over the origins of COVID-19 in a call with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday and raised other contentious topics, including China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Yang, […]


F.D.A. Tells Johnson & Johnson 60 Million Vaccine Doses Cannot Be Used

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators said on Friday that millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine produced at a troubled Baltimore factory could not be used, the latest in a series of setbacks for a company whose single-shot vaccine was once considered crucial to the nation’s inoculation campaign. The Food and Drug Administration will […]