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11:20 PM ET, March 31, 2023

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Jay Cohen / Associated Press:
Chicago Cubs' Marcus Stroman commits MLB's 1st pitch-clock violation  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 35  —  Chicago Cubs mascot Clark waves a “W” flag after a Cubs 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day at Wrigley Field, March 30, 2023.  (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Dansby Swanson stars in his Chicago Cubs debut, a 4-0 opening-day win: 'I'm really soaking up these moments'  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 35  —  Chicago Cubs mascot Clark waves a “W” flag after a Cubs 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day at Wrigley Field, March 30, 2023.
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Hayes Gardner / Baltimore Sun:
After volunteering to do so, Orioles CEO John Angelos indicates he will not be sharing club's finances after all  —  John Angelos is “as transparent as transparent gets,” he said Thursday.  But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be fulfilling his promise to share the Orioles' books.
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Edgar Thompson / Orlando Sentinel:
Former UF QB Anthony Richardson impresses at Gators' Pro Day  —  GAINESVILLE — Florida staged its Pro Day Thursday as representatives from all 32 NFL teams descended upon the Condron Indoor Practice Facility.  —  Many came to see quarterback Anthony Richardson, even though few teams …
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets place ace Justin Verlander on IL with low-grade shoulder strain  —  MIAMI — The Mets were set to start the season with their healthiest rotation in years, but then Justin Verlander felt something wrong in his right shoulder during a bullpen session the night before Opening Day at LoanDepot Park.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
With Aaron Judge back and Anthony Volpe here, Yankees ready for Opening Day  —  With the sun shining, the wind chilling and the first pitch of a new season just hours away, Aaron Boone reflected on his “lowest” point of the offseason on Thursday morning.  —  Asked about Aaron Judge …
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Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Bam Adebayo questionable for Heat's game against Mavericks  —  MIAMI — The Heat could be missing key players for their crucial matchup with the Dallas Mavericks this weekend.  —  Center Bam Adebayo (hip bruise) and Kyle Lowry (left knee soreness) are questionable for Miami's 7:30 p.m. game against Dallas on Saturday.
Discussion: Mercury News
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Another lost night for Heat, with 101-92 loss in New York further hampering seeding hopes
Joe Nguyen / Denver Post:
Rockies World Series 2023 odds: What sportsbooks think of Colorado's chances entering the season  —  Can the Rockies win the World Series for the first time in 31 seasons?  If oddsmakers are to be believed, Colorado fans should be channeling Lloyd Christmas: “So you're telling me there's a chance.”
Discussion: Daily News
Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
Newest Dodgers inspire and help set the tone for a season of intrigue  —  It was wet, cold and beautiful.  —  The lineup was weird, worrisome and wonderful.  —  Opening day was opening night, the decade-long dynasty was riddled with holes, the summer's best fans were bundled up and uncertain and yet ...
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle out for rest of the regular season due to ankle sprain  —  Julius Randle is out for the remainder of the regular season and maybe some of the playoffs are in jeopardy.  —  The Knicks All-Star's ankle sprain will be “re-evaluated in two weeks,” the team announced …
 
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