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  • Ariel Jurado TEX SP
    Rangers' Ariel Jurado: Getting hit hard at Double-A
    40m ago

    Ariel Jurado , 21, has compiled a 6.10 ERA and 12:5 K:BB ratio across 20.2 innings over his four starts with Double-A Frisco this season.

    The Panamanian pitcher had advanced quickly through the Texas Rangers system thanks to his excellent control, and while he's not giving away many free passes to begin the 2017 campaign, his lack of swing-and-miss stuff seems to have caught up with him. Jurado has already surrendered 21 hits -- including four homers -- and his 6.07 FIP suggests it's not merely an elevated BABIP that's at the root of his demise. He'll need to continue developing his secondary offerings in order to do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard.

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  • Steven Lerud TEX C
    Rangers' Steven Lerud: Back with Rangers on minor-league deal
    1h ago

    Steven James Lerud re-signed with the Texas Rangers on a minor-league deal, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports.

    He was a non-roster spring training invitee, was then released, and is now back with the Rangers at Triple-A Round Rock. While he will serve as organizational catching depth, Lerud is highly unlikely to get a chance in the majors this season, as his primary value is as a veteran catcher who excels at working with young pitchers in the minors.

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  • Rangers' Luis Yander La O: Carving up High-A pitching
    1h ago

    La O, 25, is slashing .323/.371/.462 across 70 plate appearances with High-A Down East.

    La O, a Cuban defector, joined the Texas Rangers on a minor-league deal in January, and given his age, he'll likely be moved through the system quickly so long as his performance is up to snuff. He's certainly shown no problems adjusting to the Carolina League, but the more advanced pitching in the upper minors could prove more troublesome for La O, who lacks the high-end power most organizations desire from corner-infield prospects.

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  • Anderson Tejeda TEX SS
    Rangers' Anderson Tejeda: Racking up walks, strikeouts at Low-A
    1h ago

    Anderson Tejeda , 18, is hitting .209/.340/.419 with two homers across 55 plate appearances with Low-A Hickory.

    The young shortstop has unsurprisingly had more difficultly in his first exposure to full-season ball, striking out in 41.8 percent of his plate appearances. While the whiffs have sunk Tejeda's batting average, he still owns a 123 wRC+ thanks to his 14.5 percent walk rate and the power he's flashed when he has been able to make contact. Tejeda still looks like one of the Texas Rangers ' most promising position prospects in the lower minors.

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  • Cameron Maybin LAA LF
    Angels' Cameron Maybin: Steals third base Wednesday
    1h ago

    Cameron Maybin went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

    The veteran outfielder returned to the lineup after getting a day off Sunday, a trend that has been happening twice a week on average this season. Maybin hasn't done much with his bat early on (.204/.295/.296), but he is beginning to provide some fantasy value with two steals over his last two starts. If he can raise his batting average and match or surpass last year's total of 15 steals, then the 30-year-old could restore his standard-league status; as of right now, he is only providing value to those in deeper formats.

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  • Tyler Thornburg BOS SP
    Red Sox's Tyler Thornburg: Could begin rehab assignment soon
    1h ago

    Manager John Farrell indicated that Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) could soon begin pitching in rehab games, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. "We're hopeful that's in the [not-too-distant] future," Farrell said.

    The Boston Red Sox are still limiting Thornburg to taking part in long toss from 150 feet, but it sounds like there's growing momentum for him to advance to the next phase of his throwing program. If Thornburg is given clearance to throw bullpen sessions in the coming days, he'd likely begin a rehab assignment soon thereafter. According to Drellich, Farrell suggested that because Thornburg has been sidelined since late February while battling a shoulder impingement, the right-hander will essentially need to go through spring training all over again. That likely means he'll need around seven-to-10 rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list, so Thornburg is probably trending toward a late-May return, at the earliest.

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  • Jaylen Brown BOS SF
    Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Misses Tuesday's practice with illness
    1h ago

    Jaylen Brown did not participate in Tuesday's practice due to an illness, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

    No official word regarding his status for Wednesday's Game 5 has been announced, but Brown should likely be considered questionable for the contest due to the illness that caused him to miss Tuesday's practice. That being said, he's played a combined two minutes over Games 3 and 4, so his availability for Wednesday likely won't have too much impact on the fantasy forecast.

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  • Rajon Rondo CHI PG
    Bulls' Rajon Rondo: Gets shots up Tuesday
    2h ago

    Rajon Rondo (thumb) got shots up during Tuesday's morning shootaround, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

    Though coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that Rondo is still out for Game 5, Tuesday marks the first time that Rondo has touched a basketball with his right hand since suffering the injury. Rondo has yet to be ruled out for the series, but depending on how long the series goes, it remains a possibility that he could push a return for either a Game 6 or Game 7. While he continues to rehab, expect Isaiah Canaan to draw another start at point guard during Wednesday's Game 5, likely sending Jerian Grant back to the bench.

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  • Frank Ntilikina: Officially declares for 2017 NBA Draft
    3h ago

    Ntilikina officially submitted his paperwork Monday to enter the 2017 NBA Draft, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express reports.

    Ntilikina, an 18-year-old point guard from France, is widely considered the top international prospect of the draft class. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, Ntilikina brings excellent size to the position and pairs his physical advantages with elite court vision and ball handling. He still needs more refinement as a shooter and could stand to add weight if he hopes to hold his own defensively against bigger guards, but his upside is likely too high for him to fall out of the draft lottery. Don't expect him to make much an impact as a rookie, but he'll be a highly intriguing developmental option no matter where he lands.

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  • Fred VanVleet TOR PG
    Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Assigned to D-League
    3h ago

    Fred VanVleet was assigned to the D-League's Toronto Raptors 905 on Tuesday.

    VanVleet will be joined by Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo on the assignment, and all three players are expected to suit up for the 905 on Tuesday in their D-League Finals series with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The rookie point guard saw three minutes in garbage time during the Raptors' Game 5 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and adding one assist.

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  • Pascal Siakam TOR PF
    Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Assigned to D-League
    3h ago

    Pascal Siakam was assigned to the D-League's Toronto Raptors 905 on Tuesday.

    Siakam will be joined by Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet on the assignment, and all three players are expected to suit up for the 905 on Tuesday in their D-League Finals series with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In the 905's loss in Game 1, Siakam produced 20 points (9-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-5 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 38 minutes.

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  • Bruno Caboclo TOR SF
    Raptors' Bruno Caboclo: Assigned to D-League
    3h ago

    Bruno Caboclo was assigned to the D-League's Toronto Raptors 905 on Tuesday.

    Caboclo will be joined by Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet on the assignment, and all three players are expected to suit up for the 905 on Tuesday in their D-League Finals series with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In the 905's loss in Game 1, Caboclo produced six points (2-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

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  • Roman Polak TOR D
    Maple Leafs' Roman Polak: Expects to be ready for 2017-18
    1h ago

    Roman Polak (lower leg) told reporters he anticipates being healthy for the start of the 2017-18 campaign, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.

    The absence of Polak's physical style of play (232 hits) and willingness to block shots (133) was evident during the Leafs' series against the Capitals. The veteran will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and while his limited offensive productivity will likely keep him off most fantasy rosters; there should be little doubt he lands with an NHL club next season -- if he doesn't re-sign with Toronto.

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  • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
    Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Russia's top backstop for Worlds
    1h ago

    Andrei Vasilevskiy will be the the No. 1 goalie for Team Russia at the IIHF World Championships next month, Sergey Demidov of Russia's NHL.com reports.

    The 22-year-old netminder saw his fantasy stock surge when the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Ben Bishop to the Kings at the deadline, and now he'll further bolster his hockey resume as Russia's chief puck plugger on the international stage. Of course, Vasilevskiy can thank a fatigued Sergei Bobrovsky for his backing out of the tournament and essentially relinquishing the coveted role. Considering that Vasilevskiy was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has low miles on a hulking frame, and is entrenched as the No. 1 for both Russia and Tampa Bay, he won't be a forgotten man in fantasy drafts this fall.

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  • Karl Alzner WAS D
    Capitals' Karl Alzner: Questionable for second round
    1h ago

    Karl Alzner (upper body) could miss the Washington Capitals ' second-round series against the Penguins, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

    Alzner didn't sound too confident about returning to the lineup even when healthy which, given the performance of Nate Schmidt, is certainly a question worth asking. Prior to getting hurt, the 28-year-old Alzner was stuck in a rut with a 19-game pointless streak and while offensive production has never been his strength, the Caps will need as much scoring as they can muster against the Pens' top-ranked offense.

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  • Sergei Bobrovsky CLB G
    Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Says 'No' to Worlds
    1h ago

    Sergei Bobrovsky will not be at the IIHF World Championships, Sergey Demidov of Russia's NHL.com reports.

    Simply put, Bob needs to rest. He represented Russia at the World Cup of Hockey, logged a career-high 63 regular-season starts, and endured a grueling playoff round with the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins -- losing in five games . Also, we shouldn't forget that Bobrovsky dealt with groin issues before hiring a new conditioning coach ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. Tampa Bay's top tender Andrei Vasilevskiy reportedly will be the No. 1 goalie for Russia at Worlds.

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  • Jonas Brodin MIN D
    Wild's Jonas Brodin: Will be at Worlds
    2h ago

    Jonas Brodin , representing Team Sweden, will participate in the IIHF World Championships early next month, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

    The burgeoning defenseman enjoyed a career year offensively to the tune of three goals and 22 assists in 68 games for the Minnesota Wild during the regular season. However, he was one of several skaters dressed in green to have struggled in the playoffs, posting a minus-3 rating with a lonely assist in five games before Minnesota was knocked out of the quarterfinal round by the Blues. The Wild have him under contract through 2020-21 at $4.16 million annually -- more international experience figures to help him polish his game.

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  • Tom Pyatt OTT C
    Senators' Tom Pyatt: Now questionable for Game 1
    2h ago

    Tom Pyatt has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday, as he's dealing with injuries to both his upper and lower body, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

    Based on information that Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion relayed to Brown on Monday, it initially appeared that Pyatt would be set to play in the opening game of the conference semifinals, but evidently the combination of the upper- and lower-body injuries has his status looking a bit cloudier. Pyatt is a versatile role player counted on for penalty-killing contributions, so while he rarely lights it up offensively to the benefit of fantasy owners, Ottawa could really use him as the playoff competition intensifies.

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  • Jake Matthews ATL T
    Falcons' Jake Matthews: Falcons pick up fifth-year option
    1h ago

    Jake Matthews had his fifth-year option exercised by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

    Matthews was a first-round pick in 2014, and the picked-up option will keep him in Atlanta through the 2018 season. The tackle was an intricate part of a Falcons offense that averaged 415.8 total yards per game in 2016, good for second best in the NFL. However, Atlanta did surrender 2.4 quarterback sacks per game last season, which ranks bottom-ten in the NFL, so Matthews and the rest of the offensive line will look to sure up their pass protection this coming season.

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  • Lions' Kasey Redfern: Signs with Lions
    3h ago

    Redfern signed with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.

    Redfern will likely slide in as the Lions' second-string punter for training camp and the preseason. Detroit is his fourth team in the last two years, a sign that Redfern hasn't made a significant impact on special teams on any of those other squads. He will need to impress in the coming months if he hopes to make the Lions' regular-season roster come September.

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  • Keith Marshall WAS RB
    Redskins' Keith Marshall: Says he's healthy and ready to compete
    3h ago

    Keith Marshall (elbow) said he is healthy and ready to compete for a roster spot, the Washington Redskins ' official website reports

    A top recruit whose college career was marred by knee injuries, Marshall pushed his way into the sixth round of last year's draft after leading all running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine in both the 40-yard dash (4.31) and bench press (25 rep). He seemingly had a shot to earn a role in a shaky Washington backfield before he suffered a season-ending elbow injury in the team's third preseason game. Undrafted rookie Robert Kelly eventually seized the lead job from Matt Jones, with Chris Thompson doing his usual strong work on passing downs. Marshall will thus be left to compete with Jones, Mack Brown and at least one rookie for what likely will be one or two roster spots. Depending on what the Redskins do in the upcoming draft, Marshall could find himself on the outside looking in, though his freakish athleticism would seemingly at least make him a good candidate for the practice squad.

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  • Marshawn Lynch
    Marshawn Lynch: Still negotiating with Oakland
    4h ago

    Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday that Marshawn Lynch is still trying to work out a contract with the Raiders, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "Yeah, I would think [Raiders GM] Reggie [McKenzie] would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not,'' Schneider said.

    While the matter of compensation between the Raiders and Seahawks doesn't seem to be a major issue, Lynch is apparently having a tough time reaching acceptable terms with his prospective team. The two sides still seem likely to work out a deal, but Schneider suggested the clock is ticking, pointing to the upcoming draft as a possible deadline. Though it's probably more of a soft deadline, there's little question the Raiders would like to settle Lynch's situation by the end of the week. With the draft only two days away, Lynch may feel some pressure to reduce his contract expectations.

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  • AJ McCarron CIN QB
    Bengals' AJ McCarron: Still unlikely to be traded
    5h ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals aren't willing to trade AJ McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

    Head coach Marvin Lewis said last month a trade is unlikely, as the Bengals seemingly value McCarron more than any other team does. The 26-year-old quarterback did a nice job filling in for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season, but he wasn't so impressive as to justify parting ways with a first-round pick. McCarron's value does get a boost from the possibility his 2014 campaign won't count as an accrued season, which would allow the team to keep him on his rookie contract through 2018. The 2014 fifth-round selection was on the Non-Football Injury list until Week 14 as a rookie while he recovered from a lingering shoulder issue he suffered before joining the team. McCarron doesn't expect to get a decision on the contract issue until next year, and he said he's at peace with his current situation in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While he'd probably prefer to be traded to a team which would give him a shot at the starting job, he still reported for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.

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  • J.R. Sweezy TB G
    Buccaneers' J.R. Sweezy: Contract recently reworked
    5h ago

    J.R. Sweezy , who signed a five-year deal worth more than $32.5 million with the Bucs last offseason but never played a down to a back injury, had the final four years of his contract recently reworked, Jenna Laine and Field Yates of ESPN.com report.

    The 28-year-old guard was one of the prize acquisitions for the Bucs leading up to the 2016 campaign after several stellar seasons in Seattle, including the Seahawks' 2014 championship campaign. However, a back surgery that took place shortly after the signing eventually led to him missing minicamps, training camp and all of the preseason and regular season. Sweezy was cleared to resume training at the end of the season, but the team naturally wanted to reevaluate the terms of the contract and implement some protections against another prolonged absence specifically due to back-related issues. Accordingly, the Bucs shifted half of what had been a $2.5 million roster bonus for 2017 into per-game roster bonuses that can be achieved for each game that Sweezy is on the 53-man or on injured reserve for any injury unrelated to his previous back problem. Injury waiver language as well as split salaries and base salary escalators tied into Sweezy playing at least 70 percent of the snaps over the next three seasons are also part of the revamped terms, providing the club protection while giving the sixth-year pro a chance to earn the full value of his contract if he remains sufficiently healthy. "No one wants to be back out there helping the team more than J.R.," said coach Dirk Koetter. "He's back training again and now we're ready to take it to the next step. Besides having surgery, nothing has changed from J.R. the player who played so well for the Seahawks before we signed him."

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