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ESPN:
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. won't need surgery for shoulder injury  —  San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been placed on the 10-day injured list but will not need surgery after the latest injury to his troublesome left shoulder, general manager A.J. Preller said Tuesday.
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USA Today:
Fernando Tatis Jr. avoids surgery but heads to injured list with shoulder injury  —  The San Diego Padres have avoided a major disaster with Fernando Tatis Jr., but will still be without their star shortstop for a minimum of 10 days due to a “slight labrum tear” in his left shoulder.
ESPN:
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. suffers partial shoulder dislocation on hard swing, will undergo MRI  —  Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered another injury to his troublesome left shoulder on a hard swing Monday and left San Diego's loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Discussion: MLB.com, USA Today and Lone Star Ball
Chris Creamer / SportsLogos.Net News:
Red Sox Wear Yellow, Nike Launches New MLB City Connect Uniform Series for 2021  —  For those who wondered when Nike would start to make its mark on Major League Baseball, wonder no more.  After previously introducing “ColorRush” and “City” uniforms to the NFL and NBA respectively …
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The Nike MLB City Connect Series Explores the Bond Among Baseball, Community and Culture  —  After Major League Baseball and Nike announced their partnership to provide on-field uniforms in 2020, the relationship would help guide one of the most historic visual connections in sports …
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Boston Red Sox ‘push the envelope’ with marathon-inspired blue-yellow uniforms  —  The Boston Red Sox, known for their traditional white uniforms with red lettering and the iconic “B,” are unveiling their first jersey without any red at all.  —  As part of Major League Baseball's …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso homer to lift Mets over Phillies in first win of season  —  PHILADELPHIA — By the time the Mets took the field Tuesday, the Opening Day logo painted behind home plate was faded.  The first-day jitters were gone.  There was no protracted, excruciating countdown to game time.
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets start new era by blowing sterling Jacob deGrom start  —  PHILADELPHIA — The hardest-throwing starting pitcher in baseball was finally unleashed — four days later than planned — and he came out shoving.  But the one feat that has always eluded him once again disappeared from Jacob deGrom's night: a win.
Tim Healey / Newsday:   Mets philosophical about their tough luck to start season
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels fans toss trash cans, jeer Houston Astros in win  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — A gray, life-sized, inflatable garbage can was heaved over the right-field scoreboard and made its way onto Angel Stadium's warning track at the conclusion of Monday's sixth inning, the latest …
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Bleacher Nation
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani's two-way showing was a success and there needs to be more of it  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — There was a moment in Sunday's Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Angels game that would've passed as a nondescript subtlety if not for the obvious constraints that have come to define Major League Baseball.
Discussion: Daily Breeze and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Shohei Ohtani to bat, pitch in same historic game for Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Chicago White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes starts season 8-for-8 to set MLB mark
Associated Press:
Baylor spoils Gonzaga's unbeaten season to win its 1st national title  —  INDIANAPOLIS — There was another team out there that was marching through the season undefeated, that looked unstoppable at times, that had all arrows pointing toward a national title.  —  COVID-19 put a halt to the undefeated dream.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB faces a major hurdle in COVID-19 battle: Players hesitant to get the vaccine  —  When Trevor Bauer struggled through performance and health issues early in his Major League Baseball career, he enlisted a Stanford University doctor to capture images of his hip and shoulder …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Houston Astros' strong opening statement and other observations from MLB's first weekend  —  We had a lot happen over the first four days of the 2021 MLB season.  The Reds and Cardinals had the first bench-clearing incident of the season.  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger lost a home run when he passed Justin Turner on the basepath.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Joakim Soria injury another blow to Diamondbacks bullpen  —  The Diamondbacks bullpen appeared to suffer another blow on Sunday as right-hander Joakim Soria exited his outing early with an apparent calf injury.  —  Soria will leave the team and return to Phoenix for testing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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