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4:20 PM ET, February 28, 2023

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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets Notes: David Peterson handles Cardinals in spring start  —  JUPITER — There are relatively few position battles in Mets camp this spring but left-hander David Peterson is hoping to create one when it comes to the rotation.  —  Peterson started his quest for a spot in the rotation Monday …
Discussion: New York Post
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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.
Amanda Albright / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Regains His Spot as the World's Richest Person  —  Elon Musk has regained his spot as the world's richest person, after briefly losing the title to France's Bernard Arnault.  —  Musk's wealth has been buoyed by a nearly 70% surge in Tesla Inc.'s stock price this year.
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Jimmy Butler leads Heat to crucial road win over 76ers, snapping Miami's four-game skid  —  PHILADELPHIA — After the Heat lost to the Charlotte Hornets on the road on Saturday night, Jimmy Butler said he was “tired of losing.”  —  The Heat forward helped ensure the Heat's four-game losing streak did not get any longer.
Discussion: Mercury News and USA Today
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Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat's furious rally falls short in turnover-strewn loss in Charlotte as Miami skids to fourth straight defeat
Discussion: Denver Post
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Despite Milwaukee losing Giannis early, Heat suffer blowout loss to Bucks in Kevin Love's Miami debut
Discussion: Denver Post
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Manny Machado's $350 million contract will age, too - and that's good news for the Padres  —  The ink has not yet been applied to Manny Machado's 11-year, $350 million contract extension and yet the concerns abound.  —  What, exactly, are the Padres going to do in 2033 with a third baseman …
Chicago Tribune:
How will they upgrade the offense?  Who will headline their 2023 draft class? 10 questions for the Chicago Bears at the NFL combine.  —  The 2023 Chicago Bears were made for the offseason, a bubbling cauldron of intrigue, possibility and hypotheticals.  —  With a surplus of cash to spend …
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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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
D-Backs' Ryne Nelson moves beyond blurry past, towards clear future  —  When right-hander Ryne Nelson looked in for the sign, he was pretty sure he saw just one finger.  It soon became clear his catcher had not called for a fastball.  —  His catcher got crossed up, the ball caromed away …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and MLB Trade Rumors
Jimmy Golen / USA Today:
It's working: Pitch clock shaves 20 minutes from early games  —  By the time Cubs outfielder Brennen Davis actually saw a pitch from Arizona's Joe Mantiply, the count was already at a ball and a strike.  —  Both the hitter and pitcher were penalized at the start of Davis' at-bat to lead off …
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.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Patrick Beverley effect aside, the Chicago Bulls' play-in hopes still rest on DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 29  —  Bulls guard Zach LaVine reaches for the ball on Feb. 26, 2023, at the United Center.  (Shanna Madison / 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 …
 
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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Josh Hart found out quickly that he jibes with Tom Thibodeau: ‘It was a pleasant surprise’
Discussion: Denver Post
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
Mariners excited about potential of Prelander Berroa, picked up in ‘worst trade of 2022’
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Rangers' Jacob deGrom looks to set record straight on Mets exit: 'Thought I'd be back'
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic don't bring their usual defensive disruption in loss to Pacers
Discussion: Denver Post and Boston Herald
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Dennis Santana claimed off waivers by Twins
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Buster Posey reflects on his transition from franchise catcher to Giants investor
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