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2:10 AM ET, February 27, 2021


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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Hicks says 30 home runs his target this season as he finally feels 100%  —  TAMPA — Aaron Hicks still felt it last year.  The Yankees outfielder was coming off Tommy John surgery and still felt his elbow was not 100% last season.  —  “The elbow feels night and day from last year,” Hicks said.
The Athletic:
What is driving the rift between Russell Wilson and Seahawks?  ‘Power and control’  —  Days before a critical home game against the Cardinals, Russell Wilson met with members of the Seahawks' coaching staff.  It was a time of high tension.  In Seattle's previous two games …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Seattle Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic says team is punishing him for refusing to sign contract extension  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — Prized outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday that he is a victim of service-time manipulation by the Seattle Mariners …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole frustrated by service-time manipulation and analytics being used against players  —  TAMPA — Gerrit Cole can wear two hats in a season.  Obviously, Cole is wearing the navy-and-white cap of the Yankees ace, carrying the expectations of an organization that hasn't been to a World Series in 11 years.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper says NL East is a ‘juggernaut of a division’  —  If Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper is to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2017, he knows his team will have to earn it by getting through a stacked NL East.
Bob Broeg / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Our first take on the Steve Carlton trade: Cardinals $57,500 salary offer was ‘reasonable’  —  On Feb. 25, 1972, the St. Louis Cardinals dealt Steve Carlton to Philadelphia for Rick Wise in one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.  Carlton would have a Hall of Fame career …
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Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Kyle Lowry would be the Sixers' missing piece, but he'll have options if it's time to move on from the Raptors |  Keith Pompey  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Kyle Lowry would be a perfect fit for the 76ers.The same can be said about the Miami Heat.  The best spot for the Philly native and Toronto Raptors point guard …
Tarek Fattal / Daily News:
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James suffers potential season-ending meniscus injury  —  Bronny James, the son of Lakers forward LeBron James, had surgery for a knee injury … Sierra Canyon's Bronny James suffered a torn meniscus in his knee, multiple sources confirmed for the Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLBTR Poll: Top-5 Free Agent Contracts  —  With there's always quite a lot of room to quibble over free agent rankings, there was really no debate regarding the top handful of talent in this year's class.  (At least, that is, once Marcus Stroman elected to accept the qualifying offer.)
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Michael Conforto thinks Mets can be successful if they ignore the hype and ‘stay hungry’  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Michael Conforto has seen plenty of different Mets teams through his six years in the big leagues.  He saw a strong team as a rookie in 2015, when the Mets ended their season with a division crown …
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