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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.
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Adley Rutschman makes history with homer, 5-for-5 day in Orioles' season-opening 10-9 win over Red Sox  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 11  —  BOSTON — Adley Rutschman awoke Thursday morning and couldn't shake his jitters.  He had hoped to hold them off until he arrived at Fenway Park.
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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
Discussion: Camden Chat
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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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge picks up where he left off, Gerrit Cole dominates in Yankees' Opening Day win over Giants  —  Aaron Judge did his best to bring his offseason alter ego to life on Thursday, setting fire to the Giants with his first swing of the 2023 season.  —  Judge, aka “Arson” …
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: Reading Eagle
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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
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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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets rally late to beat West-worst Rockets: ‘We were pretty lucky to get a win tonight.’
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.
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 ...
Brendan Kuty / The Athletic:
What the Yankees' uniform number crunch could cost MLB's managers and coaches  —  Before a huge American flag is unfurled in center field, before the national anthem blares, the public address announcer will introduce every player and coach from both teams.  They'll jog from their dugouts …
Discussion: New York Post and Phillies Nation
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bulls center Andre Drummond misses LA Lakers game after writing about his mental health: 'It's okay to ask for help'  —  Center Andre Drummond missed the Chicago Bulls' 121-110 loss to theLos Angeles Lakers on Wednesday after opening up about his mental health on social media.
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