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9:45 PM ET, May 22, 2023

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Nightengale's Notebook: Rebuilds test patience, passion for MLB teams, players  —  The pain is excruciating, bringing the strongest men in the sport to their knees, wondering just how long it will last.  —  It is cruel.  It is heartless.  It is insensitive.  —  It's “The Rebuild.”
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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.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
MLB Manager Status Check — How comfortable is each skipper's future?  —  Fans who are frustrated with their favorite team's manager will take no comfort in the game's current state of tranquility.  “Collaboration” is the preferred buzzword in management circles, and the proverbial hot seat has turned into a big comfy chair.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox's starting pitching depth could get its 1st test this year with Mike Clevinger on the IL  —  CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger felt his wrist was “a little jammed up” during the fifth inning of Wednesday's start against the Cleveland Guardians at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Reuters:
Dodgers to start RHP prospect Gavin Stone amid injuries  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to call up two of their top prospects from Triple-A Oklahoma City to help fill the injury-related void in the pitching rotation.  —  Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that right-hander Gavin Stone …
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Scherzer looks solid for second straight outing despite thumb issue  —  The most ace-like performance the Mets have received this season came from a pitcher who is currently in Triple-A. Joey Lucchesi authored the kind of masterpiece one might expect from Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander a month ago in San Francisco.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
3 numbers that define the Chicago Cubs' ugly 2-7 road trip, including the pitching staff's struggles and Christopher Morel's hot streak  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Chicago Cubs can only hope a day off and a return home provide a reset.  —  After a 2-7 trip to Minnesota, Houston and Philadelphia …
Jeremy Cluff / Arizona Republic:
MLB power rankings: Are the Arizona Diamondbacks a contender?  —  At 27-20, the Arizona Diamondbacks enter Monday's MLB games with the second-best record in the NL West, the third-best record in the National League and the eighth-best record in Major League Baseball.  —  Not too shabby, huh?
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick ‘The Commish’ Hummel dies at 77  —  Beloved baseball writer Rick Hummel, who captured timeless highlights and countless historic feats with precise, vivid words that will echo alongside those moments forever, died in his sleep early Saturday morning after a short, aggressive illness.
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 …
Zach Buchanan / The Athletic:
Behind the scenes of Madison Bumgarner's struggles with the Diamondbacks  —  If Madison Bumgarner was trying to be discreet, it didn't work.  —  It was May 2021, and the left-hander was in his second year of a five-year and $85 million contract with the Diamondbacks.
Florida Times Union:
One step short: North Marion ends Bishop Kenny baseball run in FHSAA Class 4A final  —  Saturday night in Fort Myers brought another postseason pitching gem, just as in each of Bishop Kenny's previous playoffs.  —  Only this time, the Crusaders finished on the wrong side.
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Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Mets Notebook: Carlos Carrasco returns from injury to face former team
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