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  • Eric Thames MIL 1B
    Brewers' Eric Thames: Smacks two more homers in win Monday
    15m ago

    Eric Thames finished 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and two walks in Monday's 11-7 win over the Reds.

    Thames continued his scorching start to the season in the power department with a solo homer to right in the first before sending a two-run shot to left an inning later. He walked in his final two plate appearances, as the Reds seemingly had no desire to give him anything to hit. Thames has enjoyed a tremendous return to the MLB and now leads the league in both home runs (10) and runs scored (23) through the early stages.

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  • Blake Treinen WAS RP
    Nationals' Blake Treinen: Blown up by Rockies
    17m ago

    Blake Treinen allowed three runs on six hits in one-third of an inning in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Rockies.

    Treinen, who entered the year as Washington's closer, now sits with an abysmal 9.82 ERA. His struggles continue, and it's clear that he won't have a chance to regain the ninth-inning role anytime soon. Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover will tag team the ninth for now, but Washington could also look outside the organization for help late in games. Treinen's fantasy value has hit rock bottom.

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  • Matt Garza MIL SP
    Brewers' Matt Garza: Lasts four innings in season debut Monday
    22m ago

    Matt Garza (groin) lasted four innings en-route to a no-decision Monday against the Reds, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.

    Activated earlier in the day after recovering from his injury, Garza was a bit rusty in his season debut and needed 93 pitches to labor through four frames. He allowed a three-run homer to Scott Schebler in the third but was not charged for any of the tallies, since an Orlando Arcia error prolonged the inning, which perhaps played a part in his removal just four outs later. Garza will be leaned upon as a veteran on an otherwise inexperienced pitching staff and will hope to post a more effective performance in a favorable matchup against the Braves on Sunday.

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  • Tyler Anderson COL SP
    Rockies' Tyler Anderson: Another mediocre outing Monday
    24m ago

    Tyler Anderson allowed four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five over 5.2 innings for a no-decision in Monday's 8-4 victory over the Nationals.

    Anderson has been very underwhelming in his five starts this season, allowing under four runs just once -- against the left-handed heavy Dodgers. The 27-year-old has an ugly 7.11 ERA and 22:8 K:BB over 25.1 innings. Shaky command and mechanical issues are holding him back at the moment, and he can't be trusted as a streaming option in deeper leagues, especially when toeing the rubber at Coors Field.

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  • Tony Wolters COL C
    Rockies' Tony Wolters: Records three hits in winning effort
    30m ago

    Tony Wolters went 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBI in Monday's 8-4 win over the Nationals.

    It was Wolters' second three-hit performance of the season, with the first coming just three days ago. The left-handed hitting catcher doesn't have much power, but he's now sporting a .351 average in limited playing time. The Colorado Rockies typically sit him when facing a left-handed pitcher, so Wolters is strictly a second catching option in two-catcher and deep NL-only leagues.

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  • Amir Garrett CIN SP
    Reds' Amir Garrett: Falls victim to longball in loss to Brewers
    31m ago

    Amir Garrett (2-2) allowed nine runs on eight hits and four walks across just 3.1 innings in Monday's loss to the Brewers. He struck out one.

    The longball was largely to blame for Garrett's misery on the day, as he allowed a solo homer to Eric Thames in the first inning before Hernan Perez followed with a three-run shot of his own. Thames repeated the feat with a two-run blast in the second and Garrett allowed three more runs before his removal with one out in the fourth. The left-hander had been terrific in his first three outings and entered the day with a 1.83 ERA to go along with a sharp 0.86 WHIP through 18.2 innings, so we will chalk this up as an outlier in his early-season performance evaluation as he looks to bounce back in Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals.

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  • Kyle Lowry TOR PG
    Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Efficient double-double in Game 5 win
    1h ago

    Kyle Lowry (back) collected 16 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 36 minutes during Monday's 118-93 win over the Bucks in Game 5.

    Lowry's back issue didn't seem to bother him much, as he played a team-high minutes load and was superb in every aspect. Lowry may receive treatment in advance of Thursday's Game 6 if his back becomes stiff again, but it's unlikely he'll allow it to keep him out.

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  • Norman Powell TOR SG
    Raptors' Norman Powell: Drops 25 points in Game 5 win
    2h ago

    Norman Powell provided 25 points (8-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Monday's 118-93 win over the Bucks in Game 5.

    Powell has been a man possessed since entering the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 4, and he is now eight-for-nine from beyond the arc in the series. Powell matched season highs in scoring and made treys, and the lineup change has helped the Toronto Raptors win two straight to reclaim a 3-2 lead heading into Thursday's Game 6. In his two playoff starts, Powell is averaging 18.5 points (on 61.1 percent), 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 block in 34 minutes per game compared to 15.6 points (on 49.8 percent), 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.3 blocks in 31.9 minutes during 18 regular season starts in 2016-17.

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  • Paul Millsap ATL PF
    Hawks' Paul Millsap: Flirts with triple-double in Game 4 win
    2h ago

    Paul Millsap delivered 19 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 36 minutes during Monday's 111-101 win over the Wizards.

    Millsap led an evenly-distributed Atlanta attack in scoring despite struggling from the field, finishing tied for first in assists and second in rebounding in an effective all-around performance. He also played quite well on the defensive end and held Markieff Morris to just nine points after the two exchanged words following Game 3. Millsap has been terrific in the series to this point and is now averaging 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game heading into Game 5 on the road.

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  • Dwight Howard ATL C
    Hawks' Dwight Howard: Records first double-double of series Monday
    2h ago

    Dwight Howard finished with 16 points (6-14 FG, 4-5 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist and one block across 30 minutes of run during Monday's 111-101 win over the Wizards.

    After recording just 18 combined points in the first three games, Howard as much more effective on the offensive end in this one and rounded out his double-double by leading the team in boards. His strong play also his breaking of the 30-minute barrier for the first time in four games and he led all Atlanta Hawks starters with a plus-eight rating. Howard will need to deliver more performance such as this for his team to stand a chance of pulling out this hotly-contested series, as he is still averaging just 8.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in the postseason despite this most recent development.

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  • Malcolm Brogdon MIL SG
    Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Scores 19 points in Monday's Game 5 loss
    2h ago

    Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Monday's 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5.

    Brogdon drained a career high five treys and was extremely effective on offense, posting a playoff career high in scoring. Having made just six-of-28 from the field over the last three games, Brogdon's performance was one of the lone bright spots for the Milwaukee Bucks on a night when they were blown out. Expect the rookie to receive ample minutes once again in Thursday's Game 6.

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  • John Wall WAS PG
    Wizards' John Wall: Struggles with shot en route to double-double
    2h ago

    John Wall scored 22 points (7-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT) to go along with 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 41 minutes of action during Monday's 111-101 loss to the Hawks.

    Though his shot didn't fall consistently and he wound up with a series low in scoring, Wall was effective as a playmaker and recorded his first double-double since Game 1. It was a solid performance from the 26-year-old, but he will need to maintain a higher level as a scorer if his team is to pull out a series that seems destined to go to the wire. With that said, he is still averaging 28.8 points (on 51 percent FG, 58 percent 3Pt) to go along with 10 assists per game through the first four, and should be expected to come out hot in Game 5 at home.

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  • Marian Gaborik LA RW
    Kings' Marian Gaborik: Won't be ready for training camp
    8h ago

    Marian Gaborik underwent a procedure that will hold him out through at least part of training camp, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The veteran winger hasn't supplied much production in either of his last two seasons for the Los Angeles Kings , collecting just 21 points over 56 games in this season. His 2017-18 campaign won't start on a good note, but general manager Rob Blake indicated Monday that the team isn't considering buying Gaborik's contract out. He reportedly played hurt during 2016-17 and will be given an opportunity to get back on track next season. Considering his contract lasts for another four seasons, the Kings certainly hope he can turn things around despite turning 35 years of age in February.

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  • Joonas Korpisalo CLB G
    Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Headed to World Championships
    8h ago

    Joonas Korpisalo will don the Finnish colors at the IIHF World Championships in May, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Put frankly, Korpisalo didn't play well in 2016-17. While serving as the primary backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season, he posted just a 2.88 GAA and a .905 save percentage while appearing in 14 different contests. At just 22 years of age, the youngster has some time to get it together, but the club has another goaltender (Anton Forsberg) in the pipeline that could also challenge him for a roster spot. Bobrovsky remains under contract for another two seasons, so the best Korpisalo can hope for is a backup role again in 2017-18. For now, he'll look to get in some competitive action on the international level during the offseason.

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  • Markus Nutivaara CLB D
    Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Will have hip surgery
    9h ago

    Markus Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery on Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Nutivaara is facing a four-month recovery, which should have him ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old will want to get back as quickly as possible given he will be competing for a spot on the 23-man roster with the likes of Ryan Murray, Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson. As a rookie, Nutivaara recorded two goals and five helpers in 66 outings while averaging a mere 13:13 of ice time. Unless the blueliner can secure a more consistent role, fantasy owners may want to consider other options.

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  • Patrick Marleau SJ C
    Sharks' Patrick Marleau: Dealing with broken thumb
    9h ago

    Patrick Marleau was powering through a broken thumb at the end of the year, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.

    Marleau still managed to register a goal in each of the San Jose Sharks ' final three contests despite the broken digit, which almost certainly affected his ability to shoot the puck. The winger posted his lowest point total (46) in an 82-game season since 2001-02 (44). What the injury and the slight drop in production mean for the veteran's long-term future remains to be seen, but he will have an important decision to make as he will become a free agent on July 1 unless he re-signs with San Jose before then.

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  • Tomas Hertl SJ C
    Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Played with broken foot
    10h ago

    Tomas Hertl was dealing with a broken foot at the end of the season, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.

    Despite the injury, Hertl played over two minutes of extra ice time per game in the playoffs above his 17:13 average during the regular season. The 2016-17 campaign will likely be looked upon with disappointment from the 23-year-old, as he was only able to suit up in 49 contests, which resulted in a significant drop in production -- just 22 points compared to 46 in 2015-16. The team did not indicate that this ailment would affect the winger's status for next year, so look for him to be back to 100 percent for training camp.

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  • Joe Thornton SJ C
    Sharks' Joe Thornton: Undergoing surgery Monday
    10h ago

    Joe Thornton will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered during the playoffs, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

    The fact that Thornton was able to skate at all considering the extent of the damage to his knee is remarkable, but garnering a pair of helpers is all the more impressive. The veteran will now shift his focus to the 2017-18 campaign, although it is unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Another concern, of course, is whether the 37-year-old will want to continue playing -- assuming the San Jose Sharks offer him a new contract.

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  • Jonathan Williams BUF RB
    Bills' Jonathan Williams: Opportunity ahead
    2h ago

    The Patriots signed Jonathan Williams ' former teammate Mike Gillislee to a contract last week, and the Buffalo Bills failed to match the offer to the restricted free agent by Monday's deadline.

    That leaves Williams as the No. 2 back behind LeSean McCoy. It'll be interesting to see what the Bills do in a running back-heavy draft, where it appears they'll use one of their picks to provide some depth to the group. That said, the team has bigger needs at corner, safety and wide receiver, so unless the Bills do something crazy with the No. 10 overall pick, Williams stands a good chance to at least be able to earn a shot at the key backup RB spot.

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  • Mike Evans TB WR
    Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Looking to take on greater leadership role
    2h ago

    Mike Evans is looking to be a more vocal leader entering his fourth season, particularly in the wake of veteran Vincent Jackson's departure, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The Bucs' No. 1 wideout will be joined by veteran DeSean Jackson this season, but entering his fourth season in Tampa, it's Evans who feels the duty of assuming a more overt leadership role in the receiving corps. In addition to V-Jax, valued locker room figures Louis Murphy, Cecil Shorts and Russell Shepard have also departed since midseason last year, making Evans one of the elder statesmen of the incumbent group. The towering pass catcher sees himself in a similar position to Jameis Winston, who was much more of an assertive presence within the offense in just his second season last year. One of the most definitive paths to being perceived as a true leader is to continue churning out Pro Bowl-caliber seasons the likes of 2016, when Evans tallied a career-best 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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  • Derel Walker TB WR
    Buccaneers' Derel Walker: Receives strong endorsement from Mike Evans
    2h ago

    Derel Walker , an offseason acquisition from the CFL, has received high praise from fellow receiver Mike Evans for his work since arriving in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He can go up and get the ball. He's sneaky athletic. He's sneaky fast. His 40 time doesn't show how fast he is. He plays fast, strong hands and he's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around."

    Walker and Evans were college teammates at Texas A & M, with the former going undrafted in 2014 and failing to stick with the Titans after spending training camp and the preseason with the club as an undrafted free agent. The 25-year-old eventually headed north of the border, where he proceeded to rack up 198 receptions for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns over 30 games across the 2015-16 seasons. Walker certainly has a chance to stick on a Bucs receiving corps that badly needs an infusion of speed, and the early endorsement from the team's No. 1 wideout -- as well as his impressive work in OTAs thus far -- both help his cause.

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  • Seahawks' Luke Joeckel: Expected to be ready for Week 1
    4h ago

    General manager John Schneider said Joeckel's (knee) availability for the start of the season is not in doubt, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.

    Joeckel is on the mend from surgery to repair the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, a procedure that involves a complicated recovery and is expected to prevent Joeckel from participating in the Seahawks' entire offseason program. However, he is expected to be eased back into the swing of things during the onset of training camp and should only see his activity level increase from then on.

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  • Gabe Holmes OAK TE
    Raiders' Gabe Holmes: Returns to full health
    4h ago

    Gabe Holmes (ankle) has returned to full health, CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports.

    Holmes missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain in training camp. Although he's now recovered from the injury, Holmes looks set to enter the 2017 campaign buried on the depth chart under Jared Cook, Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

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  • Dolphins' Mike Pouncey: Spotted on crutches
    6h ago

    Pouncey (hip) had a stem cell procedure "within the past few weeks" and will require crutches to move about for the time being, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

    Pouncey remains in rehabilitation from a season-ending hip injury but isn't expected to need crutches much longer. Thankfully he hasn't experienced any kind of setback in his recovery and shouldn't require any additional surgery. While Miami management will likely treat Pouncey with extreme caution throughout the remainder of the offseason -- and could potentially hold him out for the majority of the preseason as well -- the three-time, All-Pro center remains on track to play in the Miami Dolphins ' regular-season opener against the Buccaneers, according to Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald.

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