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Max Goodman / New Jersey Online:
Yankees' Luis Severino to miss final spring start  —  TAMPA — With less than a week until Opening Day, there is heightened concern that something is wrong with Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, a starter who's battled myriad injuries over the past several years.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Luis Severino dealing with lat strain and won't make scheduled first start of season for Yankees  —  TAMPA — The Yankees' rotation has suffered another blow, as Luis Severino is dealing with a low-grade lat strain on his right side.  —  “It's gonna put him in jeopardy to start the year,” Aaron Boone said Saturday morning.
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Philadelphia 76ers open with a 17-0 run and never look back in rout  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 16  —  76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Bulls guard Patrick Beverley fight for possession during the first quarter on March 22, 2023, at the United Center.
Discussion: Denver Post and The Sixer Sense
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Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
DeMar DeRozan misses the Chicago Bulls' 124-96 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers, reigniting concerns about the forward's injury  —  PORTLAND — With nine games left in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls were forced to ponder an unlikely question Friday night: Can they handle a final push …
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat collapse at moment of truth in 129-100 loss to Nets  —  MIAMI — For the Heat, these consecutive home games on Wednesday and Saturday nights crystallize the season.  —  The highest of highs.  —  And now, again, the lowest of lows.  —  On Wednesday night, there was the emotional victory …
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Jimmy Butler's best arriving right on schedule for Heat: ‘You just kind of watch the magic’
Discussion: Denver Post and Hoops Habit
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins make roster decisions on Yuli Gurriel, Jose Iglesias  —  The Miami Marlins have made two of their final big roster decision ahead of the 2023 season.  —  General manager Kim Ng on Sunday announced the team intends to select the contract of Yuli Gurriel, paving …
Discussion: Marlins News and MLB Trade Rumors
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Knicks lose third straight game as defensive woes continue against rebuilding Magic  —  No Jalen Brunson and no defense down the stretch equaled a disheartening Knicks defeat.  —  After allowing 18 points in the final four minutes — including multiple wide open treys …
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
As decisions loom, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza capitalize on time together  —  TAMPA — While Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza have been locked in a high-profile competition to become the Yankees' starting shortstop this spring, the two have also made it a point to get acquainted.
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles name veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson opening day starter March 30 vs. Red Sox  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles have an opening day starter.  —  Veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson will start Baltimore's first game March 30 against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles announced Friday morning.
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto remains uncertain for Opening Day, may begin 2023 season on injured list  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Opening Day is less than a week away and it's uncertain whether Joey Votto will be starting at first base when the Cincinnati Reds begin their season Thursday.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Carlos Rodon throws first bullpen session since forearm strain
Discussion: Denver Post and New York Post
ESPN:
Cardinals signing Miles Mikolas to 2-year extension  —  Ahead of making the Opening Day start for the St. Louis Cardinals, right-hander Miles Mikolas has received a two-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.  —  Sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers that Mikolas is getting $40 million in the new deal.
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
Discussion: Baseball America and 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
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