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12:20 PM ET, February 27, 2023

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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets, rest of the big leagues get first look at pitch clock during spring openers  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Spring training baseball games opened up this weekend, and for fake games there sure was a lot of fanfare.  This weekend marked the start of a new era in baseball as the league began implementing …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'It's not going to be smooth:' Spring training games begin with new dramatic rule changes
USA Today:
MLB rule changes: pitch clock, larger bases and more
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat's furious rally falls short in turnover-strewn loss in Charlotte as Miami skids to fourth straight defeat  —  CHARLOTTE — Midway through the second quarter on Saturday, the Heat appeared destined for their second miserable road game in 24 hours.  Trailing by 22 to the Charlotte Hornets …
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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
As Kyle Hendricks throws off the mound for the 1st time, a look at the battle for the Chicago Cubs' No. 5 starter  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 26  —  Brennen Davis prepares to hit during Cubs workouts at Sloan Park on Feb. 23, 2023, in Mesa, Ariz. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
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Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
Mariners excited about potential of Prelander Berroa, picked up in ‘worst trade of 2022’  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — Jerry Dipoto stood behind the backstop fence on the back fields of the Mariners' spring training complex watching the batting practice session with a mixture of intensity and delight.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. Discovery Looks to Get Out of Regional Sports TV Business  —  Company tells teams whose games are carried by three of its regional networks that it wants to stop operating the channels  —  Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. WBD -1.14%decrease; red down pointing triangle is informing …
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic don't bring their usual defensive disruption in loss to Pacers  —  Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley has been consistent with his message to the team all season: their success will be driven by high-level defensive play.  —  The Magic had not only bought into this mantra but they've shown …
Discussion: Denver Post and Boston Herald
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Yankees' Aaron Judge cherishes cheers in spring training debut  —  TAMPA, Fla. — “Batting second, in right field, No. 99, Aaron Judge.”  —  Those were the words the reigning American League MVP had been longing to hear.  —  “Hearing your name called for the New York Yankees never gets old …
Kris Willis / Battery Power:
Dennis Santana claimed off waivers by Twins  —  Santana's short stint with Atlanta is over.  —  Reliever Dennis Santana is headed to the Minnesota after he was claimed off waivers by the Twins.  Atlanta acquired him from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash back in November …
Chicago Tribune:
Cactus League report: Eloy Jiménez's push to play the outfield — and who voted for Mike Napoli in the Hall of Fame?  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 76  —  Eloy Jiménez bats during during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: Boston Herald
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Rangers' Jacob deGrom looks to set record straight on Mets exit: 'Thought I'd be back'  —  MORE FROM:  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — New Ranger Jacob deGrom looked exactly like his usual brilliant self while throwing close to 30 closely watched pitches Sunday, while allaying any thought he might be behind schedule.
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Buster Posey reflects on his transition from franchise catcher to Giants investor  —  It was never formally scheduled.  It was never an official tradition.  But once every spring, Buster Posey would agree to sit down with me in the Giants clubhouse for an extensive interview.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Yankees head into a new season with the same problem ... the Houston Astros  —  Here is something about which the people who run the Yankees, starting with Hal Steinbrenner and running right through his front office, have not convinced their fans since Game 4 of the American League Championship Series …
 
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