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3:05 PM ET, March 1, 2023

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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
A disappointed Seiya Suzuki is keeping a big-picture focus for the Chicago Cubs after an oblique strain diagnosis  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 46  —  Center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong makes a throw after the Dodgers' Drew Avans doubled in the seventh inning of the Cubs' 9-4 loss on Feb. 26 …
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Cactus League report: Why Seiya Suzuki won't play in the WBC — and Oscar Colás is focused on hitting to all fields  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 96  —  Eloy Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn share an elaborate handshake before the White Sox's 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Feb. 27 …
Discussion: Denver Post and Japan Times
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Jose Quintana struggles with pitch clock in first spring outing, Kodai Senga makes progress  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Jose Quintana's first spring start hit a snag while Kodai Senga cruised through his.  —  The Mets left-hander was tagged for five earned runs on four hits in just 2/3 …
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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets Notes: David Peterson handles Cardinals in spring start
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
Done deal: Manny Machado sees ‘great things’ for Padres  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — Having signed All-Star slugger Manny Machado for more than another decade, San Diego Padres chairman Peter Seidler was clear with his goal.  —  “We're here to win a championship and we came reasonably close last year.
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Manny Machado's $350 million contract will age, too - and that's good news for the Padres
Peter Abraham / The Boston Globe:
Matt Barnes settles in with the Marlins and has (almost) only good things to say about the Red Sox  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Matt Barnes finished his work on the field, had lunch in the clubhouse, and went back to his apartment a few hours later.  —  His new team, the Miami Marlins, played his old team, the Red Sox, on Tuesday night.
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.
Miami Herald:
Marlins' trade addition dealing with injury.  And former announcer Geffner lashes out  —  Reliever A.J. Puk, who early in camp had impressed Marlins officials in the wake of his acquisition from Oakland earlier this month, has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a leg injury, the Marlins announced Tuesday.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates, Bucks win 15th straight and hand Nets 5th loss in last 6 games  —  Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most dominant force in all of basketball.  —  So dominant that on an island with the unstoppable force that is the Bucks MVP, Royce O'Neale did what the Nets should have done all game long.
ESPN:
Padres' Joe Musgrove fractures toe in weight room accident  —  San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has suffered a fractured left big toe after dropping a kettlebell in a weight room accident Monday, the team said Tuesday.  —  No timetable has been given for his return …
WRUL-FM:
David Lawrence Nicholson  —  Benton, IL  —  1939-2023  —  David Lawrence Nicholson, 83, of Benton, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi.  He was born on August 29, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Lawrence and Lucille (Turner) Nicholson.
ESPN:
Dodgers' Gavin Lux to miss 2023 season with torn right ACL  —  Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux will miss the 2023 season with a torn ACL in his right knee.  —  Manager Dave Roberts said that Lux is “obviously crushed” and that the injury is “a huge blow” to the Dodgers …
ESPN:
No umps when Orioles and Pirates play unneeded bottom of 9th  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes, or even one of those so-called robo umps that could become part of the game in the future, when the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates kept playing Tuesday.
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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