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9:15 AM ET, March 1, 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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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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Newsday
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.
Chicago Tribune:
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
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
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