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5:20 PM ET, March 27, 2024

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ESPN:
Ohtani says he never bet on sports, ‘shocked’ interpreter stole money  —  LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani said Monday he never bet on sports or knowingly paid any gambling debts accumulated by his longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara.  —  Instead, the Los Angeles Dodgers star claims …
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Tisha Thompson / ESPN:
Shohei Ohtani's reps decline to say which authorities contacted to report theft  —  Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani's representatives declined again Tuesday to answer ESPN's questions about which authorities they have contacted to report their allegation of theft against Ohtani's former interpreter.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Ohtani set to address media for first time since interpreter fired  —  LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani briefly came into the Dodgers clubhouse Sunday and declared he would make himself available to reporters, and address the illegal gambling and theft allegations levied against his former interpreter, the following afternoon.
Baltimore Sun:
Key Bridge collapses into Patapsco River in Baltimore after vessel hits support column; state of emergency declared  —  In the middle of the night, a massive, driftless container ship traveling 9 mph issued a “mayday” as it traversed toward the iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks prospect Jordan Lawlar to undergo surgery on injured thumb  —  Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Jordan Lawlar tore a ligament in his right thumb and will require surgery, an injury that likely will sideline the club's top prospect for at least the first two months of the season.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Diamondbacks, Jordan Montgomery agree on 1-year deal  —  Left-hander Jordan Montgomery and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement on a one-year, $25 million contract that includes a vesting player option for a second season, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night …
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Sign Will Smith To Ten-Year Extension  —  The Dodgers announced that they have signed catcher Will Smith to a ten-year extension which runs through 2033.  It is reportedly a guarantee of $140MM for the Apex Baseball client, though there are some unknown deferrals.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets, Yankees aren't sweating their injured aces  —  TAMPA — Other than that, how was the spring Misters Boone and Mendoza?  —  You know besides both of you losing your ace?  —  It wasn't exactly like asking Mrs. Lincoln how the play was, but Aaron Boone, Carlos Mendoza and their clubs …
ESPN:
Chicago White Sox place Max Stassi on 10-day injured list  —  The Chicago White Sox on Monday placed catcher Max Stassi, who missed all of last season, on the 10-day injured list because of left hip inflammation.  —  Stassi, 33, had not played in a spring training game since March 20.
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Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Nick Burdi, Clayton Beeter earn Yankees' final bullpen spots — for now  —  TAMPA — Nick Burdi and Clayton Beeter were told they have won the competition in camp for the final two spots in the Yankees bullpen and will travel with the team to Houston.  —  However, the Yankees defined …
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Alcohol ruined Domingo German's Yankees career, but he still drinks because 'I don't have a problem'  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — Domingo German woke up depressed and frustrated.  He was in an unfamiliar bed in a monitored room in a Florida city that wasn't home or vacation.  This was only Day 2 of 30.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB's very bad week: Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal, union civil war before Opening Day  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — This is the time we're supposed to be counting down the days - even the hours - to the pageantry and thrill of Opening Day.  —  It's the time we overreact to everything that transpires …
The Athletic:
Players speaking out against MLBPA are being intimidated by peers, lawyer alleges  —  Tony Clark and Bruce Meyer, the incumbent leaders of the Major League Baseball Players Association, appear to be pulling ahead in an ugly power struggle.  —  The MLBPA's major-league executive subcommittee …
 
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