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  • Matt Adams STL 1B
    Cardinals' Matt Adams: Comes through as pinch hitter Sunday
    19m ago

    Matt Adams produced an RBI single in a pinch-hit at-bat in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Brewers.

    The veteran notched his second single in seven pinch-hit at-bats this season in the eighth with a grounder to right that plated Kolten Wong and closed out the St. Louis Cardinals ' scoring. Adams has been struggling to get playing time in the wake of Matt Carpenter having taken over at first base this season, but an established track record of success as a pinch hitter should net him plenty of opportunities in that regard.

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  • Jonathan Diaz TOR SS
    Blue Jays' Jonathan Diaz: Jumps up to Triple-A
    24m ago

    Jonathan Diaz was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

    Diaz owns an underwhelming .225/.350/.292 slash line over eight minor-league seasons. The 32-year-old infielder has logged just 55 major-league at-bats since being drafted in 2006 by Toronto, and his window of opportunity to reappear in MLB has all but officially closed. It would take an overwhelming series of injuries and suspensions for Diaz to get back under the bright lights.

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  • Kolten Wong STL 2B
    Cardinals' Kolten Wong: On base four times Sunday
    32m ago

    Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with an RBI double, two walks, a stolen base and two runs in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Brewers.

    The 26-year-old put in a full and highly productive day that represented his best all-around effort of the season. Wong has raised his average from .171 to .229 in the last four games on the strength of a 5-for-13 tally that includes two doubles, a triple, four RBI, three walks, a pair of stolen bases and four runs.

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  • Josh Rutledge BOS 2B
    Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Transferred to Portland
    35m ago

    Josh Rutledge (hamstring) was sent to Portland on Monday to finish his rehab assignment, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

    Rutledge has played four rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket -- going 1-for-9 with a homer and a 3:3 BB:K -- but with the PawSox on an off-day Monday, Rutledge will head to Double-A Portland in an attempt to speed up his return to the majors. If Dustin Pedroia (knee) or Pablo Sandoval (knee) require a trip to the DL, Rutledge could serve as a replacement given he is fully healthy.

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  • Jonathan Broxton STL RP
    Cardinals' Jonathan Broxton: Implodes in ninth Sunday
    41m ago

    Jonathan Broxton failed to record an out in the ninth inning in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Brewers, giving up two hits on two earned runs.

    Charged with protecting a relatively comfortable 6-2 lead, the right-hander got matters off on the wrong foot by surrendering a solo home run to Manny Pina and an infield single to Keon Broxton. That was enough to bring on Seung-Hwan Oh, who yielded a single to Jonathan Villar that placed another run on Broxton's ledger before he closed out the victory. The veteran reliever had put together three straight scoreless outings following a pair of rough appearances against the Reds and Nationals, so Sunday's outcome represented a setback. Broxton now has an 11.12 ERA and 2.47 WHIP over his first 5.2 innings along with an unsightly 5:6 K:BB.

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  • Francisco Mejia CLE C
    Indians' Francisco Mejia: Making major defensive strides
    45m ago

    Francisco Mejia , who many believe has the ability to hit at the MLB level, has dedicated himself to improving defensively at Double-A Akron, SB Nation's Brian Hemminger reports.

    Mejia is hitting .356/.404/.511 through 12 games with the Rubber Ducks this season, but his ability with the bat has never been in question. The catcher understands that, and he's taking the necessary steps to ascend through the ranks. So far this year, Mejia has gunned down five of six attempted base stealers while also picking off four runners at first base. Akron manager Mark Budzinski said the organization's No. 1 prospect continues to develop his pitch framing, game calling and even his attitude. Although the 21-year-old still has some climbing to do, Mejia appears to be making positive strides that could lead to his MLB debut sooner rather than later.

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  • Austin Rivers LAC PG
    Clippers' Austin Rivers: Expected to play Tuesday
    25m ago

    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

    Rivers has missed the last 10 games with a hamstring strain, but appears set to return for a crucial Game 5 against Utah. Expect an official announcement to come after the point guard's participation in morning shootaround Tuesday, but Rivers will likely split time off the bench at point guard with Raymond Felton, as chances are he'll be eased back into the rotation following an extended absence.

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  • Otto Porter WAS SF
    Wizards' Otto Porter: Officially cleared to play
    1h ago

    Otto Porter (neck) will play in Monday's Game 4 against Atlanta, J. Michael of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.

    As expected, Porter has been officially cleared to play in Game 4 after going through a full shootaround Monday morning. The wing suffered a strained neck during the Washington Wizards ' Game 3 blowout loss, but the injury was never considered overly serious.

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  • Khris Middleton MIL SG
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Misses shootaround, but expected to play Monday
    1h ago

    Khris Middleton was absent from the Milwaukee Bucks ' morning shootaround due to a sore throat, but is expected to play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    MIddleton may be a little under the weather as the 7:00 p.m. EST tip off approaches, but it's not expected that he'll face any restrictions as the Bucks look to steal a win on the road. The 25-year-old is averaging 15.0 points (on 38.6% shooting), 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer in 38.0 minutes per game through the first four contests of the series.

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  • Otto Porter WAS SF
    Wizards' Otto Porter: Participates in shootaround
    1h ago

    Otto Porter (neck) went through shootaround and is expected to play in Monday's Game 4 against Atlanta, Chris Miller of CSN Washington reports.

    Porter departed the Washington Wizards ' Game 3 blowout loss with a strained neck, but the ailment was never considered overly serious. Expect the wing, who's enjoyed a strong fourth NBA season, to start and play his usual role Monday night.

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  • Kyle Lowry TOR PG
    Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Dealing with back stiffness, expects to play Monday
    2h ago

    Kyle Lowry did not participate in Monday's shootaround due to back stiffness, but he is still expected to play in Game 5 against the Bucks, Toronto Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports.

    It looks as if Lowry's absence from shootaround is mostly precautionary, as the expectations for the All-Star point guard remains that he'll be active in a crucial Game 5. Lowry's status will likely be updated closer to tip-off, but in the event that he is unexpectedly held out of Monday's contest, Cory Joseph would be in line for a start and huge bump in minutes at point guard.

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  • Chris Paul LAC PG
    Clippers' Chris Paul: Teases triple-double in Game 4 loss
    3h ago

    Chris Paul registered 27 points (10-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 12 assists, nine rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Jazz in Game 4 of the series.

    Paul has compiled double-doubles in all four games of the series, and though he may have been his best all-around numbers Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers could need even more production out of him now that Blake Griffin (toe) has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason. With that in mind, the 31-year-old should be an elite option in DFS contests until the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs.

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  • Andrew Shaw MON C
    Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Kept out with concussion
    6m ago

    Andrew Shaw missed Game 6 with a concussion, the team announced Monday.

    Prior to getting hurt, Shaw was unable to add much in terms of offensive production as he tallied zero points, seven PIM, 13 shots on goals, and three blocked shots during his five postseason outings. During the season, the winger was utilized as a power-play specialists -- averaging 15:12 of ice time with 2:12 coming on the power play -- but registered a mere lone goal and six helpers with the man advantage. Unless he can secure a larger role during the 2017-18 campaign, fantasy owners may want to pursue other options.

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  • Niklas Hjalmarsson CHI D
    Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson: Will not compete in Worlds
    11m ago

    Niklas Hjalmarsson turned down an invitation to suit up for Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Given that Hjalmarsson missed the final three games of the regular season following the birth of a child, it shouldn't be too surprising he declined to play at Worlds. The blueliner was absent from the scoresheet during Chicago's opening-round series -- as he failed to register a point and launched just one shot on goal -- but was by no means the only Chicago Blackhawks player to come up short against the Preds.

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  • Brendan Gallagher MON RW
    Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher: Won't play for Team Canada
    20m ago

    Brendan Gallagher won't play in the World Championships in May, Arpon Basu of NHL.com reports.

    The winger took a bit of a step back this season, averaging 1:29 less per game than the last two years, and only notching 29 points in 64 games. On a brighter note, he upped his physicality, tallying a career-high 69 hits, which could give him a value boost in certain leagues.

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  • Robby Fabbri STL C
    Blues' Robby Fabbri: Skating without gear
    32m ago

    Robby Fabbri (knee) skated by himself Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

    Fabbri would seem to be a long shot to get back into action after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL back in February. The center remains on injured reserve and would need to start practicing -- including taking contact -- in order to suit up for a playoff game. The team should provide more information in the event the 21-year-old makes a surprise return to the lineup, but at this point, fantasy owners should probably be looking to the 2017-18 campaign.

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  • Chris Kunitz PIT LW
    Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Looking to return for Game 1
    38m ago

    Chris Kunitz (lower body) told reporters he expects to be ready to go for Game 1 against the Capitals on Thursday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

    Kunitz has been practicing without limitations, including taking line rushes on the Pens' fourth line according to Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop. Given coach Mike Sullivan's trends when dealing with returning players, the winger will almost certainly be labeled a game-time decision heading into Thursday's matchup, but all signs seem to indicate he will be ready to go.

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  • Marcus Kruger CHI C
    Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Heading to Worlds
    1h ago

    Marcus Kruger will join Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Kruger will join the fifth-ranked Swedes, who are in a tough Group A alongside Russia, the United States and Slovakia. Considering the 26-year-old averaged a mere 14:01 of ice time during the regular season, it is not surprising to see him pot just five goals and 12 helpers in a bottom-six role. In the Hawks' brief postseason appearance, the center tallied a lone helper, seven shots on goal and two PIM. Given his limited offensive contributions, Kruger will probably only benefit owners in deeper fantasy formats.

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  • Martavis Bryant PIT WR
    Steelers' Martavis Bryant: No word on reinstatement yet
    18m ago

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to receive word from the league on whether Martavis Bryant (suspension) will be reinstated for this season, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports.

    Bryant, who received a year-long suspension last March for violating the league's substance abuse policy, filed for reinstatement Jan. 28 and met last week with the NFL's Management Council. After detailing a plan to avoid a relapse, Bryant's next step is to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives. At the moment, it's unclear when he may be extended that opportunity, leaving the Steelers unsure of his 2017 status as this week's draft quickly approaches.

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  • Odell Beckham NYG WR
    Giants' Odell Beckham: Having fifth-year option exercised
    32m ago

    The New York Giants will pick up Odell Beckham 's fifth-year contract option, NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reports.

    Beckham, a first-round pick in 2014, has accounted for at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each season since entering the league, making New York's decision to exercise his option an absolute no-brainer. Firmly in the NFL's best-receiver argument, Beckham will now be under contract with the Giants through 2018, and will likely ink a historic long-term extension before then. In the meantime, he'll welcome Brandon Marshall to the fold this season, when, along with rising second-year pro Sterling Shepard, New York's group of wideouts figures to be its deadliest since Beckham arrived.

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  • Will Compton WAS ILB
    Redskins' Will Compton: Signs tender with Redskins
    1h ago

    Will Compton (knee) signed his restricted free agent tender with the Washington Redskins on Monday, ESPN's John Keim reports.

    Compton went undrafted out of Nebraska but has developed into a valued member of the Redskins defense through his first four seasons. The 27-year-old has posted at least 95 tackles in back-to-back campaigns, including a career-best 106 stops last year, which came despite him dealing with a sprained PCL toward the end of the season. However, after not needing surgery to repair that problem, Compton should now be raring to go as he faces competition from offseason signee Zach Brown for a starting inside linebacker position this term.

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  • Paul Perkins NYG RB
    Giants' Paul Perkins: Not fazed by potential competition
    1h ago

    Paul Perkins said he isn't worried about the possibility of the New York Giants adding more talent at running back via free agency and/or the draft, NJ.com's Dan Duggan reports. "If I was making those types of decisions I'd be getting paid a lot more money," Perkins said. "Whatever Coach (Ben) McAdoo and (general manager Jerry) Reese decide is perfect for us."

    Drafted in the fifth round last year, Perkins was required to finish his spring semester at UCLA and thus missed the Giants' offseason program, getting a late start on his preparation for the NFL. He eventually emerged as the Giants' lead back, finishing the year with 112 carries for 456 yards and 15 catches for 162 yards, even though he didn't get his first touch until October. With Rashad Jennings then released after the season, it appeared Perkins would get another crack at leading the backfield, albeit with pass-catching specialist Shane Vereen (triceps) likely also handling a key role. The Giants are now rumored to have interest in free agents Adrian Peterson and LeGarrette Blount, either of whom would step in as the favorite to handle early-down carries. Perkins seems to accept the fluid situation, and he'll at least have a full offseason program to get ready this time around, after completing his degree earlier in the spring.

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  • Trumaine Johnson LAR CB
    Rams' Trumaine Johnson: Expected to remain with Rams
    2h ago

    Trumaine Johnson is not expected to be traded by the Rams, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

    Johnson signed his $16.74 million franchise tender last month, not only making him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, but enabling the Rams to shop him in hopes of a trade this offseason. After failing to find a suitable deal, Los Angeles and Johnson are now set to stage talks over a long-term contract prior to the July 15 deadline for franchise players. Although he's spent his entire five-year career with the Rams, Johnson may want to steer clear of an extension in order to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Regardless, it appears Johnson will remain with the Rams in 2017, which should help the team's transition into new coordinator Wade Phillips' defense.

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  • Malcolm Butler NE CB
    Patriots' Malcolm Butler: Saints trade unlikely despite contract agreement
    2h ago

    Malcolm Butler and the Saints have agreed to a multi-year contract, but New Orleans appears unlikely to trade for him given the New England Patriots ' steep asking price, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

    Butler was a restricted free agent and visited the Saints last month to discuss terms on a long-term deal. Despite the player and team apparently reaching an agreement, the Pats' trade demands have since cooled New Orleans' interest in completing a transaction. After Butler signed his one-year, $3.91 million tender last week, though, he's now under contract with New England for this season, thus enabling the team to trade him if another club is willing to surrender the assets it is seeking in return. If, as it currently appears, that doesn't come to fruition, the Patriots now have the enviable fall-back plan of trotting out Butler and fellow Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore as their starting cornerback duo.

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