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The Washington Nationals have announced that Delino DeShields will lead the Senators in their 36th season in their modern history. He is the 21st manager for the Senators in their 35 modern seasons. Joining DeShields on the 2023 Senators staff are pitching coach Joel Hanrahan, hitting coach …

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AL batting champion Luis Arraez went to a salary arbitration hearing against the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month. Arraez asked for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.1 million, and the Marlins argued for $5 million. Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS,  starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo López and a pair of prosects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

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Pitcher Jesse Chavez and outfielder Kevin Pillar highlight the list of 26 non-roster players who've been invited to spring training by the Atlanta Braves. Chavez had been effective as a long reliever out of the Braves’ bullpen the last two seasons. He went 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 46 appearances over two stints with the team a year ago. Chavez re-signed a minor-league deal with the Braves in the offseason, giving the team another low-risk option in an already deep bullpen. Pillar is looking to bounce back from a fractured shoulder that sidelined him for much of last season.

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The New York Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for March 14 in the long-running dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over television rights fees. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore’s exclusive broadcast territory since 1972. The Orioles have a controlling interest in the network, and the teams have been litigating since at least 2012 over broadcast rights fees.

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The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to narrowly consider Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption. The filing was made in a case involving four eliminated minor league teams hoping to end the sport’s century-old legal protection. MLB cut the minimum guaranteed minor league affiliation agreements from 160 to 120 in September 2020. The parent companies of the Staten Island Yankees, Tri-City Valley Cats, Salem-Kaiser Volcanoes and Norwich Sea Unicorns sued MLB in December 2021 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleging a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The suit was dismissed in October by a judge who cited the antitrust exemption created by a 1922 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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The Seattle Mariners defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000. Richard Bloch, Melinda Gordon and Brian Keller made the decision one day after hearing arguments. A 29-year-old right-hander who made $2.15 million last season, Castillo was 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA and seven saves in 59 relief appearances, striking out 53 and walking 22 in 54 1/3 innings. Castillo pitched for Tampa Bay from 2018 until he was traded to Seattle in July 2021.

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Apple has kicked off a 10-year partnership with Major League Soccer with the launch of Season Pass on Apple TV+. The Apple launch comes after a transformative year for sports and streaming services. The NFL further embraced streaming last year as Prime Video carried “Thursday Night Football” and Major League Baseball partnered with Apple TV and Peacock to stream games. The NFL also reached an agreement with Google’s YouTube TV to carry the “Sunday Ticket” package beginning next season. Tech companies and broadcast outlets likewise see the value of live sports programming.

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Today in Sports History, Feb. 2-2020 - Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs’ 1st victory in 50 years

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