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7:50 PM ET, February 27, 2023

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Buster Olney / ESPN:
MLB reviewing exchange between Oliver Marmol, C.B. Bucknor  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Umpire C.B. Bucknor declined to shake St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol's hand before an exhibition game here Saturday, according to Marmol, and Major League Baseball is looking into that exchange.
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles roster battles: Evaluating Baltimore's camp competitions with spring training games underway  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 26  —  Baltimore Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad grabs his bag, walking with other draft picks and position players and invitees to their assigned fields during spring training.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Padres' Manny Machado commits first pitch clock violation
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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Peter King / ProFootballTalk:
FMIA: The Scourge of Draft Desperation and The Combine Without a Sure Thing  —  You learn a lot talking to smart people.  Daniel Jeremiah's a smart guy, and I learned a lot from our conversation Saturday evening.  Namely: There is one position of great intrigue entering the Scouting Combine …
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
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)
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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