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2:05 PM ET, June 1, 2023

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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 …
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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.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
What you need to know about MLB taking over Padres TV  —  It took a little longer than Major League Baseball might have anticipated, but the San Diego Padres, fielding one of the most expensive, star-laden rosters in the industry, have become the first team to fold into its long-term plan …
Discussion: USA Today and The Athletic
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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The Athletic:
Pistons to hire Monty Williams as coach, per sources: Why Detroit made an offer he couldn't refuse  —  Monty Williams and the Detroit Pistons have agreed in principle on a six-year, $78.5 million deal for Williams to become the franchise's head coach, league sources told The Athletic on Wednesday.
Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks, paced by Tommy Henry, shut out Rockies; Christian Walker slugs 100th career HR  —  Nick Piecoro Jenna OrtizArizona Republic  —  For years, left-hander Tommy Henry was the least heralded of the Diamondbacks' wave of young starting pitchers.  But for the past month, he has been the best of the bunch.
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Drey Jameson sparkles in relief in Diamondbacks' win over Rockies
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.
Matthew Carey / Deadline:
HBO, Words + Pictures Step Up To Plate For Barry Bonds Project, Doc On Baseball Slugger Tarnished By Controversy  —  EXCLUSIVE: HBO and Words + Pictures have launched production on a documentary about Barry Bonds, one of baseball's greatest players - and one of the most polarizing figures in all professional sport.
Discussion: New York Post and Mercury News
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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