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12:25 AM ET, February 21, 2024


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Scott Lauber / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Owner John Middleton on Phillies' huge offer to Yoshinobu Yamamoto, saving the ‘powder’ for July, and more  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — John Middleton's private jet seats nine people.  Seven were on board in December for a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Shohei Ohtani homers in first live batting practice with Dodgers  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani hit a towering home run in his first batting practice against live pitching since he underwent reconstructive elbow surgery — another step toward him playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers' season-opening series …
Larry Lage / Associated Press:
Shohei Ohtani won't play in Dodgers' spring training opener, stays away from live batting practice  —  Shohei Ohtani did not participate in live batting practice Sunday, and his Los Angeles Dodgers spring training debut is on hold.  —  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Ohtani …
Rays sign Amed Rosario to 1-year, $1.5M contract  —  Infielder Amed Rosario has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced Tuesday.  —  The deal is for $1.5 million, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.  —  Rosario, 28, will bring a strong bat against left-handed pitching …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs ‘waiting’ on Cody Bellinger for serious contract talks  —  MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said on Monday the team is “waiting” on free agent Cody Bellinger and his agent, Scott Boras, to engage in contract negotiations.  Though the sides have had “discussions,” …
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays starter Bassitt no fan of latest ‘annoying’ rule change  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - When it comes to discussing the ongoing saga of rule changes in baseball, Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt is most definitely not on the fence.  —  STORY CONTINUES BELOW  —  This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Will new routine, new look lead to better version of Blue Jays' Vlad Guerrero, Jr.?  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. — Blue Jays position players aren't due to report here for full-on spring training duty until Monday, though that hasn't stopped many keeners from getting to the player development complex for an early start.
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Kenley Jansen trying to come to grips with his new world  —  ANOTHER HONEST SIT-DOWN WITH KENLEY JANSEN  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - Five months ago, Kenley Jansen sat in the Fenway Park home dugout and offered his honest assessment on the frustrations that came with the 2023 season.
Andrew Golden / Washington Post:
Nationals are no longer for sale, managing principal owner Mark Lerner says  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Lerner family is no longer exploring a sale of the Washington Nationals, Mark Lerner, the club's managing principal owner, told The Washington Post on Monday.
John Wawrow / Associated Press:
Anaheim Ducks |  Frank Vatrano scores twice as Ducks rebound to top Sabres  —  Troy Terry delivers go-ahead goal in the second period and hands out two assists, Mason McTavish adds three assists and John Gibson stops 34 shots in a 4-3 win  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. — Long out of the playoff picture …
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
Four questions the Mariners face in spring training  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — As the third day of workouts for Mariners pitchers and catchers ended Saturday afternoon with a cloudless sky and the temperature reaching 76 degrees, and Tuesday's first official full-squad workout just days away, this spring training has been, well, normal.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Why NL champion Diamondbacks think they'll be even better in 2024 |  Nightengale's Notebook  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There's no swagger when you enter the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, but there's an abundance of confidence.  —  There's no arrogance; there's self-assurance.
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