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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.
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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 …
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:
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
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses second straight practice with illness; WR Marquise Brown still absent
Discussion: Mercury News and Denver Post
Dave Hyde / Sun-Sentinel:
With Dolphins and Jets in latest Rebuild Bowl, Patriots again show how it's done  —  The New England Patriots aren't a highlight reel this year.  They're a how-to manual.  And the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, who meet in their annual Rebuilding Bowl on Sunday, should be alternately sick …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Billy Eppler introduced as Mets GM, says he can take ‘bigger swings’ and spend on free agents  —  In the earliest days of Billy Eppler's newborn tenure as general manager of the Mets, his boss, the multi-billionaire team owner Steve Cohen, has made sure Eppler understands at least one thing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Associated Press:
New York Mets announce Billy Eppler as new GM on 4-year contract
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants safety Logan Ryan tests positive for COVID-19, likely to miss Bucs game  —  Giants safety Logan Ryan went on the COVID-19 reserve list Friday after testing positive for the virus and likely is out for Monday night's game at Tampa at least.  —  Ryan's absence could be devastating.
Associated Press:
Cleveland Guardians' launch starts with store sign crashing to sidewalk  —  CLEVELAND (AP) _ A special opening day for the newly named Cleveland Guardians began with a bang.  —  Not the one they hoped for, either.  —  As fans were buying the first available Guardians merchandise on Friday …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Commissioner Rob Manfred says lockout could move MLB collective bargaining agreement talks forward  —  CHICAGO — Major League Baseball owners have not yet decided to lock out players if there is no new labor deal after the Dec. 1 expiration of the current one, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday …
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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’
Discussion: True Blue LA and Bleacher Nation
Associated Press:
New York Yankees designate Clint Frazier, Rougned Odor, Tyler Wade for assignment  —  NEW YORK — Clint Frazier's tenure with the Yankees might have ended after five unfulfilling seasons when New York designated him for assignment Friday to open a roster spot for a prospect ahead of the winter meeting draft.
Discussion: Rum Bunter
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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