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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 …
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets lose 5th in a row, blow 10-point lead late vs Cavs  —  Every fan in attendance at Barclays Center rose to their feet for the most pivotal possession in Thursday's encore matchup between the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers: Game on the line, single-possession game, who takes the last shot?
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 and Baseball America
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.
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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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.
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
Apple:
“Friday Night Baseball” resumes on Apple TV+ on April 7  —  Weekly doubleheaders begin with the Texas Rangers at the Chicago Cubs, and the San Diego Padres at the Atlanta Braves  —  Today Apple and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that “Friday Night Baseball,” a weekly doubleheader …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mark Vientos has better shot than Brett Baty to make Mets  —  Prospect Brett Baty still looks unlikely to make the Mets despite a huge spring.  —  Meanwhile, Mark Vientos, who hasn't been as heralded, may have a better shot to be up with the big club sooner.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:   Brett Baty's spring training epiphany: There's no rush at third base
James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout as Japan beats Team USA in World Baseball Classic title game  —  There is a new champion of the baseball world.  —  Japan defeated the defending champions Team USA, 3-2, in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night at LoanDepot Park in Miami.
Discussion: Denver Post, New York Post and ESPN
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Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout as Japan edges Team USA for World Baseball Classic title
USA Today:
World Baseball Classic final recap: Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout to close out Japan win over USA
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 …
Tarek Fattal / Daily News:
Gonzaga outlasts UCLA in another NCAA tournament thriller  —  Amari Bailey's go-ahead 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left caps a frantic Bruins rally, but the Bulldogs' Julian Strawther answers with a deep 3-pointer with six seconds left to give Gonzaga a wild 79-76 win
 
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