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4:25 PM ET, May 23, 2023

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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.
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Scholtens fills in well, but the Chicago White Sox are shut down in a 3-0 loss to the Cleveland Guardians  —  CLEVELAND — Jesse Scholtens was ready to be the next pitcher up.  —  With Mike Clevinger on the injured list, Scholtens joined the Chicago White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte.
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.
Greg Beacham / Associated Press:
Nikola Jokic leads Nuggets past LeBron James' Lakers 113-111, into their first NBA Finals  —  LOS ANGELES — Nikola Jokic had 30 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history Monday night, sweeping the Western Conference finals …
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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.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Nightengale's Notebook: Rebuilds test patience, passion for MLB teams, players
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 …
Orange County Register:
PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Nuggets, Western Conference finals Game 4  —  Check back later for more images.  —  Related Articles  —  Lakers |  —  Alexander: Lakers were swept, but they weren't embarrassed  —  Lakers |  —  Swanson: What should Lakers' response be?  Run it back  —  Lakers |
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?
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.
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
NFL owners approve Thursday Night Football flexing between Weeks 13-17  —  Jeff Bezos didn't have to buy the Washington Commanders.  —  He already owns the entire NFL.  —  Amazon wasn't pleased that its Prime Thursday Night Football ratings were down late last season …
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.
The Nevada Independent:
Oakland A's, state leaders reach tentative public financing deal; legislative approval still needed  —  The Oakland A's and major state officials have reached a loose agreement for a public financing package significantly less than the $500 million the team originally sought to assist …
 
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