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12:10 AM ET, March 24, 2023

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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB making small changes to pitch clock rules, memo says  —  Major League Baseball is making slight changes to its new pitch clock rules but will not alter the most significant portions of the mandates that have shaved 25 minutes off game times this spring, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.
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ESPN:
MLB Rank 2023: Ranking baseball's top 100 players  —  Who will be the best player of the 2023 MLB season?  —  Opening Day is almost here, which means it's time to break down how baseball's elite stack up against each other.  —  To create our annual MLB Rank list of the top 100 players in the sport …
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ESPN:
MLB Rank 2023: Top snubs, overrated and underrated players  —  Our list of the top 100 players in MLB for 2023 is out.  Naturally, it's time to talk about what we got wrong.  —  We asked four of our voters — Bradford Doolittle, Buster Olney, Jeff Passan and David Schoenfield …
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs 3B prospect James Triantos undergoes knee surgery and will miss at least 6-8 weeks, sources say  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 53  —  Chicago Cubs left fielder Ian Happ, pitcher Kyle Hendricks, pitcher Marcus Stroman and right fielder Seiya Suzuki.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
After watching from afar as Team Japan won the World Baseball Classic, Chicago Cubs RF Seiya Suzuki is focused on rehab  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 53  —  Chicago Cubs left fielder Ian Happ, pitcher Kyle Hendricks, pitcher Marcus Stroman and right fielder Seiya Suzuki.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Nazier Mulé, a 2-way prospect the Chicago Cubs drafted last year, will undergo Tommy John surgery
Forbes:
Baseball's Most Valuable Teams 2023: Price Tags Are Up 12% Despite Regional TV Woes  —  Last season's record revenue for Major League Baseball translates into all-time-high valuations for its teams.  —  The eroding economics of regional sports networks made little difference: Major League Baseball teams are still hot assets.
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout as Japan edges Team USA for World Baseball Classic title  —  Ohtani whiffs his Angels teammate on a full-count slider for the final out in a matchup so many wanted to see, giving Japan a 3-2 victory over the defending champs for its first WBC crown since 2009
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James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout as Japan beats Team USA in World Baseball Classic title game
Discussion: New York Post and ESPN
USA Today:
World Baseball Classic final recap: Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout to close out Japan win over USA
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Butler, Herro power Heat past Knicks 127-120 as playoff-race plot thickens  —  MIAMI — Well this certainly thickens the plot.  —  In a game that rekindled the passion of Miami Heat-New York Knicks from a previous era, the Heat produced a 127-12 statement victory Wednesday night at Miami-Dade Arena …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jed Lowrie announces retirement, reflects on 7 years with A's  —  Jed Lowrie's 14-year major-league career started with a strong rookie season for the Boston Red Sox, when the infielder stood out in the Division Series despite playing with a broken wrist.  He also spent three stints …
Whittier Daily News:
Rare tornado with 110 mph-wind trashes roofs in Montebello, injures 1; 11 buildings are red-tagged  —  Fire officials said city inspectors examined 17 buildings in the tornado-affected area, and 11 of them were red-tagged, or marked unsuitable for occupation.  —  Show Caption  —  of  —  Expand
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals opening day starter Adam Wainwright will instead begin year on injured list  —  Video by Jordan Opp, jopp@post-dispatch.com  —  JUPITER, Fla. — A few hours before being named officially as the Cardinals' opening day starter for his final season in the majors …
MLB.com:
Ranking all 30 farm systems  —  Many have come at the king.  So far, they've still all missed.  —  The Orioles retain the top spot in the MLB Pipeline Farm System Rankings for the fourth consecutive time between preseason and midseason lists.  Since Pipeline began ranking systems in 2015 …
 
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