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6:30 AM ET, February 17, 2017

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Britax Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard  —  Britax-B-Agile stroller (in travel system mode)  —  Britax B-Agile double stroller (in travel system mode)  —  B-Agile 4 stroller (in travel system mode)  —  BOB-Motion stroller (in travel system mode)  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:
CBS Pittsburgh:
Jets' Cornerback Darrelle Revis Facing Robbery, Assault Charges After Fight  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New York Jets cornerback, former Pitt star and Aliquippa native Darrelle Revis was injured after getting into an altercation on the South Side.  Now, police say they have filed charges against him.
Shaun Towne / WPRI-TV:
Police: Providence raid connected to $90K diaper heist  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A raid at a former Providence business Thursday morning turned out to be connected to the theft of $90,000 worth of diapers.  —  Eyewitness News cameras rolled as investigators brought out numerous boxes …
Discussion: WNCT-TV
Mark SaxonESPN / ESPN:
Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes to have surgery, out for season  —  JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes will undergo season-ending elbow surgery, general manager John Mozeliak announced Wednesday.  —  Reyes, the team's top prospect and a candidate to break camp with a rotation spot …
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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
The Royals aren't giving up on the 2017 season — or their free agents  —  It sort of goes without saying, considering the Royals' recent history, but the competitive DNA of this organization has become even more apparent since the tragic death of right-hander Yordano Ventura on Jan. 22.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Reyes headed for Tommy John surgery, will miss 2017 season
CBS New York:
Sweeny: Randy Choate, ‘Loogy’ Extraordinaire, Calls It A Career  —  Randy Choate's idol is Jesse Orosco.  Very early in his career, when he came up with the Yankees in the early 2000s, Choate told me his goal was to be just like Orosco, who retired after appearing in a record 1,252 games and pitched until he was 47.
Tampa Bay Times:
A Rays deal with Matt Wieters makes sense — at the right price  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — There are several things we know about the Rays' interest in Matt Wieters, the former Orioles star catcher who surprisingly — check mlbtraderumors.com — yep, remains unsigned as camps open:
Lee Judge / Kansas City Star:
The Tao of Wade Davis  —  I've got a long list of stuff I'd like to write about this season and this morning but I was trying to pick a subject when I read Rustin Dodd's piece about the Royals bullpen and how his former teammates are going to miss Wade Davis.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers to announce Mike Napoli deal on Thursday  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  The Texas Rangers have planned a Thursday morning news conference to announce a one-year, $8.5 million contract with first baseman Mike Napoli.  —  Napoli flew to Arizona on Wednesday to undergo a physical exam, which he passed.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets must scrap Zack Wheeler bullpen plan after starter's elbow ‘tenderness’  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — We should remember it all began with a blister.  Even if the Mets say the tenderness in Zack Wheeler's elbow is not really a concern, it raises some eyebrows.
Ben Nicholson-Smith / Sportsnet.ca:
Blue Jays talking contract with right-hander Mat Latos  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays' search for pitching depth has led them to a veteran right-hander seeking a bounce-back season.  According to industry sources, the club is far along in discussions with Mat Latos.
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
Trump will not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket  —  It appears that President Trump is passing on March Madness.  He will not continue his predecessor's annual tradition of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN.  —  The network reached out to Trump's staff and invited the president …
 
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WCTX-TV:
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David Lang / WPLG-TV:
Report: Jeffrey Loria being considered as U.S. Ambassador to France
Dan Steinberg / Washington Post:
Chris Cooley speculates on-air about Scot McCloughan: ‘Is he drinking?’
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Sean Rodriguez Likely To Miss 2017 Season After Shoulder Surgery
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ESPN:
Yankees owner envisions expanded role for A-Rod, noncommittal on future of manager Joe Girardi
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Erik Boland / Newsday:
Yankees' Michael Pineda focused on finishing outs and innings
Ariel Helwani / MMA Fighting:
Georges St-Pierre and UFC agree to terms, close to finalizing new contract
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber officially cleared to catch
 

 
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