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USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports that early calculations and winter rosters have the Orioles with MLB's highest payroll at $71,538,134, followed by the Yankees, at $71,255,598; Braves, $60,885,000; Indians, $58,533,499 and Rangers, $54,780,095. Early projections have the Expos with the lowest payroll at $6,542,500 and the Pirates at $11,904,000. Payroll totals will change by opening day when teams get down to the 25-player limit (USA TODAY, 3/3). JACKSON'S VIBE: Bulls Coach Phil Jackson, on whether the NBA should test for marijuana: "If it's illegal, I think that you've got to deal with it. If it's a law then you have to deal with the laws. And I think that's testing for it." More Jackson: "But the key to this is: What is it going to do? Is it going to curtail personal behavior? Are you going to take people out of the workplace? Are you going to lose some of your best players? Perhaps, and that's an issue that the NBA has to decide. Are they willing to take that kind of a risk?" ("Up Close," ESPN, 3/2).