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11:45 PM ET, May 31, 2023

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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles sign Aaron Hicks, former Yankees and Twins outfielder, and place Cedric Mullins on injured list  —  After Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins exited Monday's loss to the Cleveland Guardians with a right abductor groin strain, Baltimore acted quickly to find a replacement.
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Jacob Calvin Meyer / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles explode for seven runs early, hold on late in 8-5 win over Guardians  —  Despite their success in May, the Orioles' bats have, at times, gone cold.  —  After spending April as one of the best offenses in the majors, Baltimore was shut out Monday for the fourth time this month.
Associated Press:
Orioles put Cedric Mullins on IL, sign ex-Yankees OF Aaron Hicks  —  BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.  —  Mullins went on the 10-day injured list Tuesday …
Sports Business Journal:
SBJ Unpacks: Padres' deal with Bally Sports ends tonight  —  Tonight in Unpacks: Diamond Sports' 20-year, $1.2 billion deal for the Padres local TV rights looks to be over, as sources tell SBJ's John Ourand the Sinclair subsidiary missed its rights fee payment.
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB takes over Padres television broadcasts after Bally Sports misses payments  —  After months spent preparing for this scenario, Major League Baseball is taking over the television broadcasts of one of its franchises, an unusual but potentially industry-altering step as the long-lucrative …
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Hayden Wesneski back from Iowa to bolster a Chicago Cubs bullpen that threw 4 scoreless innings in 2-1 win  —  The Chicago Cubs' long-term outlook on right-hander Hayden Wesneski hasn't changed.  —  They believe in his ability to be a big-league starter and potentially an impact arm in their rotation down the line.
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Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs get swept by the Cincinnati Reds on an ‘ugly weekend’ — and the schedule is about to get tougher
Discussion: Boston Herald
Jack Harris / Los Angeles Times:
Clayton Kershaw disagreed with Sisters' award, sought return of Dodgers' Christian day  —  Clayton Kershaw said he disagreed with the Dodgers' decision to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence during the team's upcoming Pride Night game, and that he approached the organization about expediting …
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mark Canha is refining his swing in hopes to produce better results: 'I'm working on things'  —  Mark Canha knows that he hasn't produced at the same rate in 2023 that he did in 2022, or even at the rate he did when he was with the Oakland A's.  But the good news is that he's seeing the signs of a turnaround.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
2023 MLB Mock Draft 1.0: Who will go No. 1 to the Pirates?  —  The rumors have begun to fly in mock draft discussions around baseball — I've already heard a lot of theories during the slow moments of NCAA conference tournaments this week.  There continues to be a consensus that the clear top tier …
Jimmy Golen / Associated Press:
After almost blowing 3-0 series lead, Heat beat Celtics in Game 7 to advance to NBA Finals  —  BOSTON — No unprecedented comeback, no last-tick miracle, no cavalcade of higher seeds is going to prevent these Miami Heat from playing for the NBA title.  —  Eastern Conference finals …
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers promote prospect Reese Olson, will start Friday vs. White Sox for MLB debut  —  The Detroit Tigers, desperate for starting pitching, turned to prospect Reese Olson in Triple-A Toledo to fill a void in the rotation.  —  Olson, a right-hander, has been promoted to the Tigers …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
‘Humbling and sobering moment’ for Liam Hendriks as Chicago White Sox fans show their love in his return to the mound  —  Liam Hendriks walked to the bullpen before the fifth inning Monday.  Fans held up letters in the left-field bleachers that spelled, “TEAM LIAM.”
 
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