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12:20 PM ET, March 15, 2023

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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Team USA needed Tim Anderson's bat in the lineup — so the shortstop switched to second base in win over Canada  —  PHOENIX — Mark DeRosa needed Tim Anderson's bat in the lineup.  —  Canada started a left-hander in Monday's World Baseball Classic matchup, and the Team USA manager wanted to play both Anderson and Trea Turner.
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
In WBC, Tim Anderson jumping to a new level of stardom with Team USA  —  PHOENIX - They're all great, right?  As Team USA manager Mark DeRosa put it, every American position player is “1 of 1.”  So when DeRosa said of Tim Anderson on Sunday, “out of any player here, he has grown on me the most,” it was high praise.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
WBC 2023: Why Freddie Freeman is playing for Team Canada  —  PHOENIX — When Team USA takes the field for the World Baseball Classic with a star-studded roster Monday night at Chase Field, Freddie Freeman will be in the other dugout wearing a red uniform with Canada written across his chest.
Associated Press:
Mike Trout homers as Team USA crushes Canada in World Baseball Classic
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Butler, Herro, Adebayo step up late as Heat stave off Jazz 119-115  —  MIAMI — It would be too simplistic to say the Miami Heat have a winning formula.  —  Not with just about every game going to the final buzzer and enough losses to have them mired at No. 7 in the Eastern Conference standings.
Discussion: Denver Post and The Athletic
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: Always an adventure, as concerning Heat trend continues even in win  —  MIAMI — Observations and other notes of interest from Monday night's 119-115 victory over the Utah Jazz:  — The ability for this Miami Heat team to make anything an adventure is remarkable.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
You can't spell heart attack without H-e-a-t, as season of close calls persists  —  MIAMI — It has become a cut-and-paste season for the Miami Heat.  —  Close games now, then and seemingly forever.  —  Of the 70 games played by the Heat going into Wednesday night's matchup …
Discussion: Mercury News
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bears' aggressive start to free agency has one common thread — young players entering their prime years  —  Ryan Poles wanted to pay Roquan Smith last summer — he just didn't want to get to the $20 million annual salary the linebacker desired.  So the Chicago Bears opened 2023 free agency …
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Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
The free-agent negotiating window opens today. Where will GM Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears turn their attention first?
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
MLB to stream games for free amid looming Diamond Sports bankruptcy: sources  —  MORE ON:  —  Major League Baseball plans to step up to the plate to broadcast games of roughly a half-dozen teams from a bankruptcy-bound regional sports network provider so that fans don't miss a single pitch, The Post has learned.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets' No. 1 defense responsible for season-swinging stretch  —  One thing has become increasingly clear about the second rendition of the 2022-23 Brooklyn Nets as they look to position themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.  —  The defense is no fluke.
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets defeat West's No. 1 Nuggets for 5th win in last 6 games
Hayes Gardner / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' and Nationals' attorneys will argue in critical MASN appeal in New York; $100 million waits in escrow  —  While the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals play separate spring training exhibition games Tuesday, their attorneys will face off in a pivotal financial dispute worth more than either team's 2023 payroll.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The Athletic
Laura Albanese / Newsday:
The Reggie Bar is back, and it's available in New Hyde Park  —  To find the candy-coated baseball treasure, drive to the auto shop in New Hyde Park.  Enter the door on the far right — the one marked by a 5-foot, neon green Gumby — pass the rainbow wall of Gobstoppers and Pop Rocks …
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Childs Walker / Baltimore Sun:
Former Ravens tight end Josh Oliver agrees to 3-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings  —  Tight end Josh Oliver, one of the Ravens' most improved players in 2022, agreed Monday to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, a source with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.
 
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