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    • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Goes hitless in season debut
      1h ago

      Yoan Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut for the Chicago White Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Moncada, who batted sixth in the order, also grounded out to second base and flied out to center field. His arrival in Chicago generated a lot of buzz, with 5.000 walk-up tickets sold for the game, but the White Sox will let him acclimate to the majors at a measured pace. Eventually, we expect to see Moncada, who has been a leadoff hitter in the minor leagues, move up in the order.

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    • Carlos Rodon CHW SP
      White Sox's Carlos Rodon: Knocked around by Dodgers
      1h ago

      Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dodgers.

      Rodon, who was making his fourth start of the season, was tagged for four home runs by the Dodgers over his 3.2 innings. With Jose Quintana shipped cross town to the Cubs, Rodon is being groomed to be the Chicago White Sox 's ace but obviously the long layoff due to a biceps injury is not leading to ace-like results. He'll continue to take the ball every fifth day and there will be better days ahead, but fantasy owners must realize, in addition to the long layoff, the left-hander is pitching for a team with the worst record in the American League and an offense that won't steal many games for him. Rodon will next take the bump Tuesday against the Cubs on the north side of town.

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    • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
      Astros' Alex Bregman: Scores lone run Wednesday
      2h ago

      Alex Bregman went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly after he stole third base, giving him 13 runs scored over the past 12 games. With just eight home runs and 28 RBI this season -- including a current 19-game homer-less stretch with just two RBI -- he hasn't provided a whole lot of value for fantasy owners in the power categories typically associated with corner infielders, but Bregman is enjoying his finest month of the season, posting a .939 OPS in 14 July games.

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    • Marwin Gonzalez HOU LF
      Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Filling in at short
      2h ago

      Marwin Gonzalez started at shortstop in place of the injured Carlos Correa (thumb) on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in Houston's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

      Gonzalez has started at shortstop in the two games the Houston Astros have played without Correa. He should receive the bulk of the starts at shortstop while Correa is sidelined, which is expected to extend until September. Fantasy owners will not have to worry about if and where the super-utility player will be in the lineup for the next six weeks.

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    • Daniel Nava PHI LF
      Phillies' Daniel Nava: Four hits Wednesday
      3h ago

      Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a walk in a 10-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

      Nava could see a short-term increase in playing time with Aaron Altherr (hamstring) sidelined. However, Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could be back from the disabled list as soon as this weekend, which will impact Nava's at-bats. The Philadelphia Phillies are likely to play Kendrick fairly regularly in the outfield for the remainder of the month in order to showcase him for a trade. Nava is also a trade candidate thanks to his solid performance in a part-time role this season.

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    • Tyler Jay MIN P
      Twins' Tyler Jay: Will try to pitch again this season
      5h ago

      Tyler Jay (shoulder) does not need season-ending thoracic outlet surgery and will attempt to pitch again this season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Jay has been out since early June due to a shoulder impingement. The 2015 first-round draft pick moved to the bullpen earlier this season due to the team's concerns he couldn't stay healthy as a starter. His role change and injury concerns continue to dim his prospect status.

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    • Devontae Booker DEN RB
      Broncos' Devontae Booker: Better prepared for Year 2
      11h ago

      Less than a year removed from two knee surgeries, Devontae Booker hit a rookie wall in 2016, but is poised to improve during his sophomore campaign, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

      Rumors flew after the 2016 draft that, had Denver not been able to nab Paxton Lynch, Booker was on its radar in the first round. He slid to the fourth, while his quick-twitch style paired with a bruising physique made many wonder how long it would take for Booker to capture Denver's lead job. It ended up being after Week 7, as C.J. Anderson's season-ending knee injury left Booker as Denver's top dog. It didn't work out as Booker averaged just under three yards per carry for the rest of the season. He did show flashes as a talented all-around back, however, including his 109-total-yard performance in Week 17, during which he scored two touchdowns. The Denver Broncos depth chart, outside of Booker, is deep, but features a ton of question marks including the inconsistent Anderson, injured Jamaal Charles and inexperienced De'Angelo Henderson. That depth might make it difficult for Booker to get too many touches. The quality of that depth could also mean that Booker is the Broncos' lead back before long.

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    • Cooper Kupp LAR WR
      Rams' Cooper Kupp: Listed as projected preseason starter
      11h ago

      Cooper Kupp was listed among the Rams' projected preseason starters, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. "I think the first thing you know about Cooper is he's a pro and you can see that," offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur said back in May. "He came in here not like most rookies do. He's an extremely polished route runner [who's] got great hands, is a precise route-runner. You can tell he works at his craft each and every day."

      The Rams released an unofficial list of projected preseason starters in their media release Wednesday, where Kupp's name stood under Tavon Austin and Robert Woods as a starter in LaFleur's base offense. He'll need to fend off 2016 fourth-rounder Pharoh Cooper and 2017 fourth-rounder Josh Reynolds in order to hold on to the role, but the 6-foot-2, 204-pound rookie should be up to the task after finishing his collegiate career with 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns in 52 games. Last year's No. 3 receiver, Brian Quick, notched 41 receptions for 564 yards and three scores across 16 games.

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    • Kam Chancellor SEA SS
      Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: Should be fully ready for training camp
      12h ago

      Kam Chancellor (ankle) is expected to be "a full-go" in training camp, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.

      Chancellor, who needed surgery on both of his ankles this offseason to address nagging bone spurs, was able to do a lot in spring practices, but that's not surprising as his procedures were never considered very serious. However, durability is starting to become a concern for the veteran safety, who's missed at least two contests in each of the past three seasons while missing 11 total games across that span. In 12 outings last season, Chancellor racked up 86 tackles, eight PBUs, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

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    • Adam Vinatieri IND K
      Colts' Adam Vinatieri: Aims to play at least two more seasons
      12h ago

      "All indications" have Adam Vinatieri wanting to play at least two more seasons, Kevin Bowen of the Indianapolis Colts ' official site reports.

      Vinatieri, now 44 years old, hasn't taken his foot off gas pedal during the twilight of his career considering he's converted at least 93 percent of his field goals in two of the past three years and has only missed seven kicks across that entire span. If he plays at least two more seasons, he should pass both Morten Anderson and Gary Anderson for the all-time marks in career points scored and career field goals made.

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    • Ryan Spadola DET WR
      Lions' Ryan Spadola: Clearly on roster bubble
      12h ago

      Ryan Spadola is a "fringe contender" for the Detroit Lions ' remaining roster spots at wide receiver, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

      Spadola is coming off a season entirely wiped out by a pectoral injury and will likely need to separate himself on special teams in order to secure one of what is likely just one or two open roster spots at receiver. He made some nice catches in spring practices and was specifically praised by head coach Jim Caldwell during rookie minicamp, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, so he at least appears to have some momentum heading into training camp.

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    • T.J. Jones DET WR
      Lions' TJ Jones: Ahead of his competition from route-running standpoint
      13h ago

      T.J. Jones , along with Jared Abbrederis, is a frontrunner for the Detroit Lions ' remaining roster spots at wide receiver due to his superior route running, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

      Jones is on thin ice with the Lions after logging three underwhelming and injury-marred seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. The good thing is that he's currently healthy and none of the receivers he's competing with this offseason have been more productive in their respective careers. Since Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all seem guaranteed to make the final roster, it's likely that only one or two roster spots at the position remain. Outside of Abbrederis, the likes of Jace Billingsley, Ryan Spadola and Keshawn Martin are the primary contenders that stand in Jones' way, but they'd probably need to be particularly impressive on special teams in order to pose as serious competition. Still, Jones will need to continue his level of play when the pads come on in training camp in order to maintain his standing.

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    • Kadeem Allen BOS G
      Celtics' Kadeem Allen: Signs two-way contract with Celtics
      15h ago

      Kadeem Allen , who was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 53rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, signed a two-way contract with the team Wednesday.

      Though Allen was unheralded out of high school, he improved enough in college to draw NBA interest. Last season, he averaged 9.8 points (on 45.3 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals across 30.0 minutes per game as a redshirt senior at Arizona. In signing a two-way deal with the Celtics, who have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, Allen can spend up to 45 days in the NBA, but will largely be a G-League presence for the team.

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    • Blake Griffin LAC F
      Clippers' Blake Griffin: Return during training camp 'realistic'
      18h ago

      Blake Griffin (toe), who has met with five foot specialists, said it's 'realistic' that he'll be healthy for training camp, Jovan Buha of ESPN reports.

      Griffin, who recently re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on a five-year, $173 million contract, has made it known that it's realistic to expect him to be healthy for training camp after undergoing surgery in early May to repair the plantar plate in his right big toe -- an injury he suffered in the first round of last year's playoffs. Griffin being ready for training camp is especially important this upcoming season, as the departure of Chris Paul to the Rockets means coach Doc Rivers will likely have to implement a new gameplan. While there's no guarantee that Griffin will be 100 percent healthy by the time camp rolls around, we should continue to see his status monitored as the season draws closer.

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    • Mario Chalmers MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers: Finalizing one-year deal with Grizzlies
      1d ago

      Mario Chalmers is finalizing a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Chalmers was out of the NBA last season recovering from a torn Achilles, but is clearly back to full strength considering the Grizzlies are finalizing a deal with him. The fact that it's only partially guaranteed makes it essentially a training camp offer, so Chalmers will likely need to perform well during camp in order to make the team's final roster. If that does happen, Chalmers would likely have to battle with the likes of Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin for backup minutes behind Mike Conley at point guard.

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    • Lonzo Ball LAL G
      Lakers' Lonzo Ball: MRI confirms mild calf strain
      1d ago

      Lonzo Ball had an MRI performed on his calf Tuesday, which confirmed a low grade strain, Mike Trudell of Los Angeles Lakers .com reports.

      Ball was held out of the Las Vegas Summer League championship game because of the calf injury, but as expected, it's nothing too serious. It's being considered a mild calf strain, which should be healed by the time training camp arrives. Ball is coming off one of the best Summer League showings ever with averages of 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.2 blocks across 34.6 minutes, which earned him MVP rights at the completion of the tournament. Ball appears to be locked in as the team's point guard of the future.

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    • Semi Ojeleye BOS F
      Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Signs contract with Celtics
      1d ago

      Semi Ojeleye agreed to a contract with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, Jim Fenton of the Patriot Ledger reports.

      Ojeleye's deal is expected to be for four years, with the first two being fully guaranteed. He was selected with the 37th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but will likely be a bit buried on the depth chart considering the Celtics are already crowded at the forward spots. Ojeleye should spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in a developmental role and could even see time with team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

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    • Ty Lawson SAC G
      Ty Lawson: No longer heading overseas
      1d ago

      Updating a previous report, Ty Lawson announced on his personal Twitter account that he hasn't signed with the Shanxi Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

      Lawson was reportedly slated to head to China following little interest on the open free agent market, but it appears he still has hope of latching on with another NBA team for the upcoming campaign. With the regular season still months away, Lawson will continue to shop around for potential suitors, but he'd likely be no more than a reserve option if he signs with another team. Last year with the Kings, Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes.

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    • Colton Parayko STL D
      Blues' Colton Parayko: Seeking one-year, $4.85 million deal
      16h ago

      Colton Parayko has asked for a one-year contract worth $4.85 million, TSN reports. The St. Louis Blues have offered him two years at $3.4 million and $3.6 million.

      Given the discrepancy between the two parties, it appears Parayko and the team won't get an extension done before his arbitration hearing, set for Thursday. Considering his numbers in his first two NHL seasons -- which include 68 points (17 on the power play), a plus-35 rating, 353 shots on goal, 239 blocks and an average ice time of 21:12 last year -- it seems a bit odd that the Blues would opt for a bridge deal rather than locking Parayko up long term, especially with Kevin Shattenkirk off the books. Regardless, he'll almost certainly be awarded more than the average $3.5 million annually the team has offered him. Stay tuned.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Could avoid arbitration
      16h ago

      Nate Schmidt 's agent is hopeful that he and the team can get a deal done prior to his scheduled arbitration hearing in early August, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      The rearguard made $875,000 with the Capitals last season, recording three goals, 17 points and an impressive plus-22 rating in 60 games. Considering that Schmidt's production came in a career-low 15:29 of ice time and would amount to 23 points over a full season, he's definitely due for a raise -- especially given his status as the Knights' de facto top defenseman. He was extended a qualifying offer prior to the expansion draft in June, but the offer came from Washington. Nonetheless, the two sides will have until Aug. 3 to come to terms on a new deal.

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    • Mikhail Sergachev TB D
      Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev: Ready to earn NHL roster spot in camp
      2d ago

      Mikhail Sergachev believes he's ready for the NHL, reports TSN.ca, and is confident he will win a spot on the blue line by Opening Night.

      Sergachev knows he needs to earn the spot, but he's confident in his abilities. "I have to have a good summer; first of all, I have to be stronger," the young defender said. "I have to be faster to play in the NHL overall to be successful. ... I played a lot in juniors and I learned a lot from Windsor ... so I think I'm ready for the NHL." Sergachev will face stiff competition, as the Bolts currently have seven defenders who saw ice time with the squad last year under contract.

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    • Gabriel Bourque COL LW
      Avalanche's Gabriel Bourque: Inks one-year extension
      2d ago

      Gabriel Bourque agreed to terms with the Colorado Avalanche on a one-year contract extension Tuesday.

      The veteran was sent to the AHL for 61 games last season, notching 10 goals and 23 assists in the process. While those are decent numbers -- particularly the helpers -- any bit of fantasy value Bourque may have had was squashed by his toiling in the minors rather than offering help to an Avalanche team that experienced a franchise-worst minus-112 goal differential.

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    • Duncan Siemens COL D
      Avalanche's Duncan Siemens: Re-ups for one-year
      2d ago

      Duncan Siemens agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.

      Selected 11th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, Siemens has managed just four games with the Avs thus far. Given the two-way nature of the 23-year-old's deal, he could spend the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors. In four years in the AHL, the blueliner has never approached the offensive numbers he put up in juniors -- 43 points during the 2010-11 season -- and is close to being labeled a bust, if he isn't already.

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    • Marcus Sorensen SJ RW
      Sharks' Marcus Sorensen: Garners two-year contract extension
      2d ago

      Marcus Sorensen settled on a two-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

      The Swedish flanker was drafted in the fourth round (No. 106 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He didn't take his talents to North America until this past season -- when he fashioned four points in 19 games with the Sharks, plus 17 goals and assists apiece for their minor-league affiliate -- but with a new deal in place, Sorensen will compete for a starting role in training camp. After all, a glaring hole on the left wing has been exposed with the departure of long-time Shark Patrick Marleau.

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