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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Angels' Shohei Ohtani wins AL MVP unanimously  —  Shohei Ohtani, who starred as a hitter and pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, won the American League MVP Award unanimously, becoming the 11th player to sweep the voting in the AL.  —  The other unanimous winners in the AL: Hank Greenberg …
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Phillies' Bryce Harper wins his 2nd MVP  —  Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League MVP, the second time he has won the award.  Harper won in 2015 with the Washington Nationals.  —  It marks the eighth time a Phillies player has won the award …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Angels unanimously wins AL MVP  —  Shohei Ohtani, coming off a largely unprecedented 2021 season, was crowned the American League's Most Valuable Player unanimously on Thursday night, cementing the two-way superstar as a global sensation.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper captures second career MVP  —  Bryce Harper claimed his second Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, edging out Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and several others in what seemingly became a wide open race in the National League.
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper claims second NL MVP award
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Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Rob Manfred says offseason MLB lockout different than one that cancels games; ‘Time is becoming an issue’  —  CHICAGO — With Major League Baseball potentially two weeks away from its first work stoppage in 26 years, commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday drew a distinction between a work stoppage …
Childs Walker / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson feeling ‘much better,’ aiming to catch up for game vs. Bears after return from illness  —  There was no prolonged mystery as the Ravens began practice Friday.  Lamar Jackson bopped around the field in his familiar black No. 8 jersey, tossing spirals despite the blustery chill in Owings Mills.
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses second straight practice with illness; WR Marquise Brown still absent  —  Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed his second straight practice Thursday, as an illness unrelated to the coronavirus continued to sideline the team's most important player.
Juan Toribio / MLB.com:
Seager, Taylor both reject qualifying offer  —  LOS ANGELES — As expected, shortstop Corey Seager and super utility man Chris Taylor have officially rejected the Dodgers' $18.4 million qualifying offer before Wednesday's deadline.  —  Though Seager and Taylor are now officially …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:   New York Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner talks free agency, praises Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner addresses Aaron Judge question looming over Yankees
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
Justin Toscano / NorthJersey.com:
Noah Syndergaard leaves NY Mets to sign with Los Angeles Angels, report says  —  On Sept. 28, when Noah Syndergaard exited the dugout and headed for the Citi Field mound for the first time in two years, the home crowd roared.  Their team may have been out of postseason contention, but their beloved pitcher had returned.
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ESPN:
Sources: Houston Astros keep ace Justin Verlander with one-year, $25 million deal  —  The Houston Astros and right-hander Justin Verlander have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for a second season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray wins American League Cy Young Award
Rick Stroud / Tampa Bay Times:
Bucs' Antonio Brown accused of obtaining fake vaccine card  —  A former live-in chef also says Brown, who missed one game this season after testing positive for COVID, owes him $10,000.  —  Updated Just now  —  TAMPA — Bucs receiver Antonio Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card …
Dennis Young / New York Daily News:
Ex-Jets RB Zac Stacy on the run after video shows him violently assaulting ex-girlfriend  —  Zac Stacy, a former Jets running back, violently assaulted his ex-girlfriend on Saturday, punching her in the head and then throwing her against a television and their son's chair.
Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sources: James Harden and Jerami Grant are on Sixers' latest list of Ben Simmons trade targets  —  DENVER — How do you feel about the 76ers bringing Jerami Grant back to Philly?  Better yet, what about the Sixers making another attempt to acquire James Harden in exchange for Ben Simmons?
 
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