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7:20 PM ET, November 15, 2023

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Protesting Oakland Athletics fans meet with owner John Fisher ahead of Las Vegas vote  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — They arrived at the hotel lobby 7 a.m. Tuesday, plopped in front of the doors by the check-in desk, ready to spread their message to every Major League Baseball owner.
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Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Oakland Athletics' move to Las Vegas expected to be approved by MLB owners this week: Sources  —  A report overseen by Major League Baseball's relocation committee on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to Las Vegas is in the hands of all 30 club owners and is said to pose questions about the viability of the market.
Nathaniel Percy / Daily News:
Mayor asks downtown LA businesses to work remotely while 10 Freeway is closed  —  Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has asked businesses in downtown to have their employees work remotely, if practical, while crews continue assessing a repair to the 10 Freeway after it was significantly damaged by fire over the weekend.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's 2023-24 MLB offseason preview and predictions  —  In the 12 days since Major League Baseball's free agent season commenced, not one player has signed with a new team.  Nobody will mistake the MLB offseason for the NFL or NBA's, when early frenzies turn free agency into events …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB considers reducing pitch clock with runners on  —  Major League Baseball's competition committee is weighing a proposal that would reduce the pitch clock with runners on base from 20 seconds to 18 next season, aiming to reverse a late-season trend that saw the average …
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
Phillies' offseason taking shape — What I'm hearing about their roster revamp  —  “We'll be back.”  — Bryce Harper, after the Phillies' National League Championship Series loss to Arizona  —  Memo to Bryce Harper: It's hard to get back.  It's not impossible.  It's not unprecedented.
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Braves willing to pay for free agent starting pitcher. Is Aaron Nola a fit?
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Owner Peter Seidler Passes Away  —  The Padres have announced that owner and chairman Peter Seidler has passed away at the age of 63.  —  “The Padres organization mourns the passing of our beloved Chairman and owner, Peter Seidler,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner.
The Athletic:
Zach LaVine, Bulls open to trade possibilities as teams probe availability: Sources  —  NBA teams are probing the availability of two-time All-Star guard Zach LaVine and there's been increased openness from the organization and player about exploring a trade, league sources said.  Here's what you need to know:
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Brian Cashman realistic about Giancarlo Stanton's injury woes  —  While not always on point, Brian Cashman had plenty of lengthy explanations when it came to addressing questions about analytics and player development at the GM meetings last week.  But the subject of Giancarlo Stanton …
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Mark Jackson loses MSG job after Knicks ban him from plane  —  Mark Jackson will not be calling games on MSG Network after the Knicks objected to him being on the team's chartered plane, The Post has learned.  —  MSG Network planned on having Jackson occasionally fill in for Clyde Frazier this season …
Alex Speier / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox close to hiring Andrew Bailey as pitching coach  —  The Red Sox appear to have their new pitching coach.  —  A major league source confirmed the Sox are nearing an agreement to hire Andrew Bailey as their new pitching coach.  Bailey, 39, had spent the last four years as the pitching coach …
Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today:
Prospective UCLA recruits identified as suspects in Colorado Rose Bowl locker room theft  —  Prospective UCLA football recruits from a high school in Riverside County, California, have been identified as suspects in the alleged theft of jewelry and cash from the Colorado locker room at the Rose Bowl, police confirmed in Pasadena.
 
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