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Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Shohei Ohtani becomes first 2-time unanimous MVP winner  —  Ohtani, who also won the American League award in 2021, is the 29th player to win multiple MVP awards.  He is currently a free agent, perhaps set to earn a record-breaking contract.  —  Shohei Ohtani didn't even need to play a full season to achieve another piece of history.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Braves' outfielder Ronald Acuña unanimously wins NL MVP Award  —  Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves unanimously won the NL MVP Award, marking the first time in BBWAA voting for Most Valuable Player dating to 1931 that the winners in both leagues were unanimous selections.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
More MLB rule changes proposed, including batter timeouts, pitching changes and mound visits  —  The reduction in the pitch clock from 20 to 18 seconds with runners on base is the most significant proposal Major League Baseball's joint competition committee is considering, but not the only one.
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R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:
MLB mulling rules changes to pitch clock, mound visits, pitcher warmups and more, per report  —  Most of the proposals are aimed at cutting more dead time out of games  —  Major League Baseball's competition committee is considering an adjustment to the pitch clock when runners are on base, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
It's official: Oakland Athletics' move to Las Vegas unanimously approved by MLB owners  —  ARLINGTON, Texas − The Oakland Athletics still don't exactly know where they'll be playing the next few years, but in 2028, they will be become Las Vegas' first Major League Baseball team.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB owners approve Athletics' planned move to Las Vegas, sources say
Jovan Buha / The Athletic:
As Lakers' winning streak ends, Zach LaVine trade rumors begin to surface  —  LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Lakers gathered in their huddle between the third and fourth quarters in Wednesday's matchup against the Sacramento Kings, head coach Darvin Ham presented his group, trailing by 24 points …
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Khobi Price / Orange County Register:
Lakers |  Lakers' comeback falls short as Kings hand them their 1st home loss  —  LeBron James (28 points) gets his first triple-double of the season and helps lead a fourth-quarter surge, but Domantas Sabonis (29 points, 26 rebounds) and Sacramento hand the hosts a 125-110 defeat
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Why the NL Cy Young ballot was a trap, plus a potential sleeper in Ohtani's free agency  —  As a National League Cy Young voter, my biggest challenge wasn't which pitcher to select as my top choice.  I didn't love Blake Snell's league-high walk rate or relatively low innings total.
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs eyeing second chance to sign Shohei Ohtani  —  CHICAGO — If only the designated hitter rule had come to the National League prior to 2022.  It could have changed the course of Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani's career — as well as the trajectory of the Chicago Cubs.
Scott Travis / Sun-Sentinel:
Broward County schools set to reopen Friday: ‘We want them back, and we need them back’  —  After flooding-related closures, Broward County Public Schools will reopen Friday, dashing the hopes of students who thought they might get a week-and-a-half Thanksgiving break.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Ron Washington says focus with Angels ‘to run the West down’  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — It was probably already obvious, largely because of how prior winters have gone, but Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian said so definitively on Wednesday — the Angels don't plan to take a step back to rebuild, in any capacity, in 2024.
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Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Giants' Shohei Ohtani pursuit could be hindered by Oracle Park  —  The Giants should be a big player for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.  But some who know Ohtani see a possible hurdle for the Giants: their ballpark.  —  While Oracle Park is one of the most beautiful, it's unfriendly to lefty power hitters.
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Reeves Jackson / WXIA-TV:
MLB All-Star Game coming back to Atlanta in 2025  —  The decision comes just two years after the game was moved away from Atlanta due to the state's new voting laws.  —  ATLANTA — The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is set to return to Atlanta in 2025, sources told 11Alive on Thursday.
 
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