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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Herro's 33 not enough as Heat fall 106-92 in Toronto in injury absence of Butler  —  TORONTO — No, not optimal.  —  Coming off a game when they arguably were at their worst, the Miami Heat faced the challenge of responding to that adversity in the void of their best player.  —  It went as expected.
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: A night of painted misery for Heat in loss in Toronto  —  TORONTO — Observations and other notes of interest from Tuesday night's 106-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors:  — At just about every turn, the Miami Heat have avoided the next big thing.  — Jae Crowder at power forward worked.
Discussion: Boston Herald
Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles' top pitching prospect, won't make starting rotation to begin season  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — Grayson Rodriguez's much-anticipated arrival to the major leagues will have to wait, as Orioles manager Brandon Hyde informed the top pitching prospect Monday morning that he would instead begin the season in Triple-A.
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Jacob Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles observations on DL Hall's ‘all-time high’ feel for his pitches, Tyler Wells' final audition and more
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets DFA struggling outfielder Darin Ruf  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets have made a decision about struggling DH Darin Ruf, designating him for assignment.  —  The 36-year-old right-handed hitter won't be included on the club's Opening Day roster.  Instead, the Mets will select outfielder Tim Locastro …
Discussion: New York Post, The Athletic and Newsday
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Associated Press:
Ump ejects Phillies' J.T. Realmuto after awkward ball handoff  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto was ejected Monday from a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays for an awkward ball exchange that followed a pitch-clock violation.
Discussion: The Good Phight
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Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Giants chairman Greg Johnson assesses team, commits to Farhan Zaidi beyond 2023  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Giants chairman Greg Johnson made his best personal pitch to Aaron Judge this offseason.  Johnson approved the $350 million contract with Carlos Correa that would have nearly doubled the largest guaranteed sum in franchise history.
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.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Hoerner, Cubs agree on 3-year, $35 million extension  —  Second baseman Nico Hoerner and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a three-year, $35 million contract extension, sources told ESPN, locking up the team's most productive player last season for an extra season before he was due to hit free agency.
Matt Kawahara / San Francisco Chronicle:
Outfielder Cristian Pache, out of minor-league options, will not make A's roster  —  Cristian Pache will not make the Oakland Athletics' season-opening roster, manager Mark Kotsay said on Monday night, making it possible the center fielder will not be in the organization much longer.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tyler O'Neill ranges over to claim center field.  Real race is just starting: Cardinals Extra  —  SARASOTA, Fla. — One of the reasons why Tyler O'Neill, a Gold Glove-winner twice over in left field, lobbied to audition at center field this spring was because he felt playing the position …
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto to begin Cincinnati Reds season on injured list, ending his Opening Day streak  —  For the first time since 2008, a stretch of 14 consecutive seasons, Joey Votto won't be written into the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day lineup.  —  Votto announced Monday he will begin a Triple …
Discussion: ESPN, The Athletic and MLB Trade Rumors
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle addresses slew of outbursts, says they're not reflection of leadership: ‘Name a perfect leader?’  —  A refreshed Julius Randle acknowledged there's a fine line between passion and frustration gone too far, but the Knicks All-Star doesn't believe his latest outbursts should reflect negatively on his ability to lead.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets' Kodai Senga gets relief from talk with Koji Uehara  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — When Kodai Senga's first stateside spring training was interrupted this month by tendinitis in his right index finger, a minor pain caused at least partially by the grip of his signature splitter …
 
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