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12:15 AM ET, March 16, 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
Associated Press:
Mike Trout homers as Team USA crushes Canada in World Baseball Classic
Chris Perkins / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins show faith in Mike McDaniel by re-signing running backs Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel's Chris Perkins & Dave Hyde discuss if the Dolphins are relying too heavily on free agency signings and not enough on NFL Draft. (, , /South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Discussion: Boston Herald and Associated Press
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins bringing back RBs Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson on two-year deals  —  The Miami Dolphins are bringing back the running back tandem of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., according to multiple sources Tuesday.  —  The return of the duo essentially solves the Dolphins' backfield puzzle …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
After adding 5 new starters, Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles can wait for prices to fall in free agency  —  The money didn't stop flowing Tuesday, but the action was much more subdued than the day before, when the NFL's negotiating window opened — all leading to the start of free agency at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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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
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: Always an adventure, as concerning Heat trend continues even in win
Discussion: Boston Herald and Mercury News
Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
Aaron Rodgers on Pat McAfee Show says his ‘intention’ is to ‘play for the New York Jets’  —  Aaron Rodgers has kept fans and the media in the dark for weeks about his future.  —  But on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and Sirius XM Wednesday afternoon, Rodgers finally broke his silence and gave viewers clarity about his future.
Brian Wacker / Baltimore Sun:
Cornerback Trayvon Mullen returning to Ravens on one-year deal  —  Trayvon Mullen will be returning to the Ravens next season.  —  The 25-year-old cornerback — who was claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in January and is a cousin of quarterback Lamar Jackson's …
James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa beginning to work in center field as shortstop battle comes down to wire  —  We may have a concession in the Yankees' shortstop competition.  Isiah Kiner-Falefa has begun working out in the outfield and will play in center field during Grapefruit League games this week …
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
Juan Toribio / MLB.com:
Your reward for striking out 3 superstars?  An MLB deal  —  MIAMI — Duque Hebbert was sitting in the bullpen when the phone rang.  Once he heard his name called, Hebbert knew this was the opportunity of a lifetime.  —  What he didn't know, however, was who he was set to face in the top of the ninth.
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