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6:30 AM ET, May 22, 2023

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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees spoil Cincinnati Reds' City Connect debut  —  On a night that featured the debut of a new Cincinnati Reds uniform and controversy surrounding a foreign substance inspection on the New York Yankees' starting pitcher, it was the sport's biggest star who headlined the show.
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Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
The similarities between Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe and Reds shortstop Matt McLain  —  As they were growing up, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain and New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe were both the star players on every team they ever played on.
Discussion: MLB.com and New Jersey Online
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:   'It's been huge for us': Cincinnati Reds making big strides on basepaths
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds City Connect uniforms: A Q&A on the details
Discussion: Red Reporter
Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles complete first sweep of Blue Jays in Toronto since 2005 with 8-3 win in 11 innings  —  TORONTO — As the road team in extra innings, scoring one run is often not enough.  Saturday's win was the exception thanks to the heroics of Félix Bautista.
Discussion: Mercury News, Camden Chat and Newsday
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Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles beat Blue Jays, 6-2, behind Ryan Mountcastle's 3-run homer, Kyle Gibson's steady start  —  TORONTO — The Orioles' first game against the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023 was similar to many the teams have played over the past few years.  —  Not as much in the fact that Baltimore won the game …
Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Mets Notebook: Carlos Carrasco returns from injury to face former team  —  After securing a series win against MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays, the Mets began a three-game set against the Cleveland Guardians — who came across a familiar face.  —  Carlos Carrasco made his return from the injured list against his former team Friday.
Discussion: NESN.com and Yahoo Sports
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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Francisco Lindor hits walk-off single against former team to cap thriller against Guardians in extras  —  Pete Alonso continues to put together an MVP campaign carrying the Mets as of late, but he needed some help from Francisco Lindor to secure the victory.
The Athletic:
Rays have potential buyers, both local and for relocation, interested in franchise: Sources  —  At a time when the Rays appear closer than ever to completing their 15-year quest for a new ballpark in the Tampa Bay area, their options are only multiplying.  —  At least one local businessman …
ESPN:
Yankees DFA longtime OF Aaron Hicks, add OF Greg Allen  —  CINCINNATI — The New York Yankees cut Aaron Hicks before Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds and owe the struggling outfielder about $27.6 million from more than 2½ seasons remaining in a $70 million, seven-year contract.
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Mock draft: Prep talent makes big push up board  —  Two weeks have passed since Jim Callis officially started our mock Draft season with our first projection of the first round of the 2023 Draft.  Now it's my turn.  —  While there has been some buzz about players moving up and down …
Discussion: Battery Power and Athletics Nation
Jimmy Golen / Associated Press:
Jimmy Butler scores 27, Heat beat Celtics 111-105 to take 2-0 lead in East Conference Finals  —  BOSTON — Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, hitting a pair of buckets to give the Heat the lead after they erased a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit and Miami beat Boston 111-105 on Friday night …
Will Graves / Associated Press:
How Michael Block went from Mission Viejo club pro to the PGA Championship  —  The 46-year-old from Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club scores one for the working man by making the cut at this week's major  —  PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Michael Block is supposed to work Monday, just like nearly every other PGA club professional this time of year.
 
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