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4:00 PM ET, March 27, 2023

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Greg Joyce / New York Post:
Anthony Volpe wins competition to be Yankees' Opening Day shortstop  —  TAMPA — For five weeks this spring, Anthony Volpe showed a cool and confident demeanor as he tore up the Yankees' shortstop competition.  —  But when the 21-year-old got word after Sunday's game that he should stick …
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Jhony Brito enters the rotation mix  —  With Luis Severino injured, the Yankees may need to tap even further into their starting pitching depth early this season.  —  With Carlos Rodon and Frankie Montas already out to start the year, Severino is dealing with a low-grade lat strain on his right side.
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Anthony Volpe's preparedness has Aaron Judge's attention: ‘He just shows up ready to work’  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Aaron Judge didn't think twice when asked to identify one thing that has stood out the most about Anthony Volpe this spring.  —  Judge could have mentioned Volpe's speed …
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Anthony Volpe realizes ‘super surreal’ dream after making Yankees' roster  —  TAMPA — Shortly after the Yankees' Sunday spring training game against the Blue Jays, the team's shot-callers asked Anthony Volpe to stick around.  He swears it's the only time he's felt his heart beat all spring.
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Luis Severino dealing with lat strain and won't make scheduled first start of season for Yankees
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles observations on Andrew Politi's roster case, Jorge Mateo in center, Keegan Akin's versatility and more  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Andrew Politi said he wasn't too nervous at the start of Orioles spring training six weeks ago.  —  “You have this long spring ahead, so the nerves aren't really there,” he said.
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Andy Kostka / The Baltimore Banner:
Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles top pitching prospect, not expected to make opening day roster  —  Our nonprofit news organization is made possible by subscribers and donors who value storytelling that impacts and uplifts communities.  Thank you for supporting our journalism.
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles observations on DL Hall's ‘all-time high’ feel for his pitches, Tyler Wells' final audition and more
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles name veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson opening day starter March 30 vs. Red Sox
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles observations on Dean Kremer as No. 2 starter, defensive versatility on display and more
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Patrick Beverley backs up his talk in return to Los Angeles as the Chicago Bulls overpower LeBron James and the Lakers  —  LOS ANGELES — As he prepared to make his return to Los Angeles, Patrick Beverley swore he didn't need any extra juice to face his former team.
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Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Philadelphia 76ers open with a 17-0 run and never look back in rout
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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 …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets give up on Darin Ruf after disastrous run with team  —  The Mets have accepted failure with their trade for Darin Ruf by designating the righty hitter for assignment, The Post has learned.  —  The Mets decided they would rather have Tim Locastro's speed off the bench in a year …
New York Times:
Steve Cohen's Amazin', Maddening, Money-Losing Bid to Own New York  —  Once a symbol of Wall Street excess, Cohen has invested lavishly in the Mets, becoming the most beloved billionaire in Queens.  Is that enough to reverse team history?  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Around early 2020 …
Discussion: New York Post
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Two Reds prospects to miss the start of the regular season  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Two of the brightest stars in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system have been set back by minor injuries, and they won't be ready for the start of the season.  —  Reds shortstop prospect Elly De La Cruz …
Discussion: Red Reporter
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Roger Clemens talks MLB's new rules, Baseball Hall of Fame and father-son strikeout record  —  Roger Clemens was recently sitting around with Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, talking about the state of today's pitching in the game, when he asked Maddux how much money could they be earning today as free agents.
 
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