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1:05 AM ET, February 21, 2021


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CBS Boston:
Johnny Damon Arrested In Florida On DUI Charges  —  BOSTON (CBS) — Former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon was arrested in Florida early Friday morning and is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence.  —  Damon was arrested by Windermere Police early Friday morning …
Hannah Phillips / Orlando Sentinel:
Ex-MLB star Johnny Damon arrested in Windermere, suspected of DUI  —  Johnny Damon, a former Major League Baseball star and two-time World Series champion, was arrested Friday in Windermere along with his wife, accused of resisting police during a traffic stop for suspected DUI, records show.
Max Goodman / Sports Illustrated:
Yankees' Prospect Austin Wells Is Already Turning Heads At Spring Training  —  Yankees manager Aaron Boone praised first-rounder Austin Wells on Saturday, saying the prospect is “as strong as anyone in camp.”  —  Austin Wells is only a few days into his first Spring Training with a big-league club …
Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sixers, Flyers and Wells Fargo Center pitch Philadelphia officials on having up to 5,000 fans at games  —  The 76ers are trying to bring fans back to the Wells Fargo Center.They had up to 100 family members, staff members, and friends in attendance for Friday night's 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Dan Szymborski / FanGraphs Baseball:
ZiPS 2021 Top 100 Prospects  —  For the sixth year, ZiPS returns to crank out its top 100 prospects for the upcoming season.  If you're unaware of what the ZiPS projections are or the purpose they serve, please consult this article as well as this one while I reconsider my public relations strategy.
Blake Snell / The Players' Tribune:
I've Got Some Things to Say  —  Here's something about that World Series Game 6 — and about baseball in general — that lots of people probably overlook.  —  Sometimes the tiniest little thing can make a huge difference in a game.  And sometimes, you know what ... sometimes it's a tiny little thing that no one even sees.
Discussion: New York Post, Padres and Gaslamp Ball
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: San Diego Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr. agree on 14-year, $340 million deal  —  Fernando Tatis Jr., the emerging face of baseball, agreed to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, securing one of the largest guarantees in American sports history …
Associated Press:
Six-game series among changes to minor leagues  —  NEW YORK — Baseball's minor leagues will shift to regionalized six-game series with a common off day in a move that cuts scheduled travel mileage by 28-56% and reduces expenses in their first season of operations under Major League Baseball.
Adam McCalvy /
Brewers submit plan for ballpark occupancy  —  MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich lunched with Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio last week in Los Angeles and asked his boss at least four times whether there would be fans in the stands on Opening Day.  The Brewers took a significant step this week toward providing Yelich an answer.
Mike Singer / Denver Post:
Nuggets expecting G League team for start of next season, sources say  —  After years of unsuccessful attempts, the Denver Nuggets are finally expecting to get a G League team at the start of next season, league sources told The Denver Post.  —  The partnership, which isn't official …
Discussion: Hoops Rumors and Denver Stiffs
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner hopeful normal spring leads to better results  —  When Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner thinks back to the way he handled last year — from the sudden end of spring training through the quarantine period and into the start of summer camp — there is one thing he would change.
Shi Davidi /
Blue Jays set to open 2021 season playing home games in Dunedin  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced once again by pandemic border restrictions, will open the 2021 season at their spring home in Dunedin, Fla., the club announced Thursday morning.
TIM TEBOW ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT  —  The New York Mets today announced that outfielder Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball.  —  “It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he's been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” said Team President Sandy Alderson.
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