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7:10 AM ET, May 10, 2023

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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Willson Contreras embraces villain role on the other side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry: 'When you get booed, you're doing something right'  —  Willson Contreras, decked out in St. Louis Cardinals red, admitted to experiencing nerves Monday in the visitors dugout at Wrigley Field.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
St. Louis Cardinals are trying to make Willson Contreras feel loved after putting him in a ‘timeout’ behind the plate  —  Wilson Contreras was the talk of major-league baseball Monday as he returned to Wrigley Field with the St. Louis Cardinals.  —  But instead of returning as the conquering hero …
Discussion: The Athletic
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Aaron Judge ready to return — and avoid headfirst slides  —  After a few days of hitting off machines, running and throwing behind the scenes, Aaron Judge is ready for the real thing.  —  The Yankees slugger is set to return from a right hip strain on Tuesday, he and Aaron Boone confirmed Monday.
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Associated Press:
Yankees activate Aaron Judge after 10-game IL stint  —  NEW YORK — Aaron Judge was reinstated from the injured list by the New York Yankees and the record-setting slugger was back in right field batting second Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics.  —  The reigning AL MVP …
Baltimore Sun:
Orioles place Ramón Urías on injured list, promote pitching prospect Drew Rom in roster shuffle  —  Orioles general manager Mike Elias talks about how the team is playing so far this season.  (Baltimore Sun Handout)  —  The Orioles shuffled their bullpen and bench ahead …
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Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles minor league report: 8 prospects move up in Baseball America's latest top 100 list  —  This offseason, the Orioles had Baseball America's top-ranked farm system for the first time since the publication began ranking them in 1984.  In total, eight Baltimore prospects were recognized among the 100 best in baseball.
Discussion: Denver Post
Howard Stutz / The Nevada Independent:
A's pivot to new site for Vegas baseball stadium, lowering public funding request  —  The Oakland A's and Bally's Corp. have an agreement in place for the team to build a $1.5 billion stadium on a portion of the Tropicana Las Vegas site, a move expected to reduce the amount of public financing sought for the project to $395 million.
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The Nevada Independent:
A's revisit other Vegas stadium sites as legislative process lags  —  Three weeks after confirming they had a “binding agreement” on a 49-acre site west of the Strip for a $1.5 billion baseball stadium, the Oakland A's have reached out to owners of Southern Nevada sites the team previously considered …
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle disappears, Knicks outworked and now on brink of elimination as Heat takes Game 4  —  MIAMI — The Knicks sit on the brink of elimination.  And they deserve that position.  —  Outcoached, outhustled, outclassed and punked again, New York fell Monday night to the Miami Heat …
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Dan Gelston / New York Daily News:
Harden makes winning 3 in OT, 76ers tie series with Celtics
James O'Connell / New York Daily News:
Max Scherzer scratched from Tuesday's start against Reds due to neck spasms  —  When it rains, it pours.  —  Max Scherzer has been scratched from Tuesday's start against the Cincinnati Reds due to neck spasms, the Mets announced.  David Peterson has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse …
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Luis Cessa, bumped from Cincinnati Reds rotation, designated for assignment  —  Luis Cessa had his turn skipped in the starting rotation last week and now he's no longer a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization.  —  Cessa was designated for assignment before Tuesday's series opener …
ESPN:
Dodgers, Padres expected to open 2024 in South Korea, source says  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are expected to open the 2024 season with a pair of games in South Korea, a source familiar with the process told ESPN's Alden Gonzalez on Sunday.
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