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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Heim wins it for Rangers after mistake hands Cubs lead in 9th  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — At the end of an opening game so stuffed with gleaming storylines that Stephen King wouldn't know which one to choose, it was the redemption story that won out.  —  The hero in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 extra-inning win …
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Sign Will Smith To Ten-Year Extension  —  The Dodgers announced today that they have signed catcher Will Smith to a ten-year extension which runs through 2033.  It is reportedly a guarantee of $140MM with no opt-outs for the Apex Baseball client, though with deferrals.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays' Wander Franco taken off 40-man roster  —  The All-Star shortstop, who has not played since mid-August, was placed back on administrative leave and will continue to get paid.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Wander Franco was taken off the Rays' 40-man roster on Thursday and placed …
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.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Yankees' Juan Soto feeling ‘at home’ ahead of season opener  —  On the eve of the New York Yankees' season opener at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros, manager Aaron Boone had a simple directive for his new slugger: It's your team, too.  —  Asked how Juan Soto will fit into a team …
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 …
ESPN:
NL MVP  —  Who else got votes?  Ronald Acuna Jr. (6), Fernando Tatis Jr. (3), Freddie Freeman (2), BOF - Betts/Ohtani/Freeman (1)  —  Acuna is not our voters' favorite here, but you were one of six people to pick him to win his second consecutive MVP.  Explain your reasoning.
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.
Sonja Chen / MLB.com:
Boyle named A's fifth starter, locking in Opening Day rotation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-four pitchers made at least one start for the A's in 2023, tying a dubious AL/NL record for the most starters used in one season.  Needless to say, the club is planning on getting more stability out of its rotation in '24.
Dan Szymborski / FanGraphs Baseball:
The Official (And Hopefully Not Too Cringe) 2024 ZiPS Projections  —  After all the rumors and money and projections, here we are, back at 0-0, with every team having at least some theoretical level of hope for the coming season.  Beginning Thursday, actual games will turn these projections to shreds …
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.
 
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