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    • Cory Gearrin SF RP
      Giants' Cory Gearrin: Continues to outproduce peripherals
      1h ago

      Cory Gearrin danced around a pair of baserunners while striking out two batters over an inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

      Gearrin's scoreless outing lowered his season ERA to 2.30 despite his FIP sitting north of 4.00 for the majority of the season. His mediocre 1.6 K/BB ratio is the biggest red flag, but it's possible that Gearrin can keep his ERA low due to his groundball tendencies (1.9 GB/FB ratio) coupled with a stellar defensive infield behind him in San Francisco. Either way, the 31-year-old doesn't provide enough in the important categories for fantasy relievers (strikeouts, saves and holds) to warrant much consideration.

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    • Kenley Jansen LAD RP
      Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Blows save for first time in 2017
      2h ago

      Kenley Jansen gave up three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings Sunday against Atlanta, failing to convert a save for the first time in 25 attempts this season.

      The Dodger closer allowed two Braves to get on base before falling victim to a three-run homer off the bat of Matt Adams that sent the game into extras. The fact that this was Jansen's first blown save of the year just goes to show how dominant he's been all season. Even after Sunday's blowup, the 29-year-old still owns a sparkling 1.49 ERA with an unreal 62:2 K:BB over 42.1 innings.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Mashes 27th homer
      2h ago

      Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 with his 27th home run of the season in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

      Bellinger has been able to avoid the Home Run Derby hangover that fellow young phenom Aaron Judge has suffered to begin the second half. The 22-year-old is batting .333 (11-for-33) with two homers and six RBI in nine games since returning from the All-Star break and continues to provide tremendous value for those who stashed him earlier in the season.

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    • Matt Carpenter STL 1B
      Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Pulled due to leg cramping
      3h ago

      Matt Carpenter departed Sunday's loss to the Cubs in the second inning because of cramping in his right quadriceps, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Carpenter isn't sure whether it was related to dehydration, an unorthodox slide in the first inning or something altogether different, but he doesn't expect to to miss Monday's series opener against the visiting Rockies. As such, owners should feel fairly confident rolling with him per usual unless news breaks suggesting otherwise.

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    • Paul DeJong STL SS
      Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Staking claim to shortstop job
      5h ago

      Paul DeJong , who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, is staking a claim to the everyday shortstop job previously held by Aledmys Diaz, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "The way he's going about it defensively, it's hard to see him being anywhere else right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "And you mix in the offense and what he's capable of doing, that really puts him as a pretty special shortstop."

      Last season, Diaz was the rookie that swooped in and displaced veteran Jhonny Peralta during the latter's absence in the early going of the campaign. Through his impressive play and Diaz's own struggles, DeJong may have already done the same. Factoring in Sunday's production, the rookie's season line stands at .284/.299/.574, and his 25 extra-base hits in 46 games heading into the contest had already tied him for first in that category in franchise history with Albert Pujols. DeJong's 15 extra-base hits in July are tops in the National League as well, and he's also been an asset defensively, posting a plus-5 in Defensive Runs Saved. With Diaz continuing to scuffle at the plate with Triple-A Memphis, it appears increasingly likely that DeJong's major-league audition will continue through the balance of 2017.

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    • Sergio Romo TB RP
      Rays' Sergio Romo: Looking for fresh start in Tampa
      5h ago

      Sergio Romo , who the Tampa Bay Rays acquired late Saturday for cash considerations, has the confidence of the organization despite recent struggles, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I think any time a guy who throws mid to upper 80s, when they hit a rough patch, it's easy to say he's toast, he's done," GM Erik Neander said Sunday. "The way that we look at it is we think what he brings to the table, the ability to miss bats, a lot of that's still there."

      The 34-year-old reliever often looked like a shadow of his former self over his 25 innings with the Dodgers this season, posting a 6.12 ERA and career-worst 4.3 BB/9. However, it's his extensive body of work prior to 2017 that has the Rays cautiously optimistic that a change of scenery will bring out the best of what Romo has left to offer. The organization actually had keen interest in the former closer during the offseason, with his career 0.98 WHIP and .189 BAA versus right-handed hitters serving as two particularly appealing factors. Now that he's finally arrived in Tampa, manager Kevin Cash will experiment with how best to deploy the three-time World Series winner out of the bullpen, with Romo most likely to initially get acclimated in some low-leverage scenarios.

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    • Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB
      Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Likely to begin preseason on PUP list
      6h ago

      Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.

      While Bridgewater threw passes in individual drills and worked on his dropback against a resistance band during organized team activities and minicamp, he doesn't appear ready to participate in a full practice. It would seem likely that Bridgewater would also begin the regular season on the PUP list and it's uncertain if he'll be able to be on the active roster at all in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL and dislocated left knee during a late-August, 2016 practice.

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    • Rodney Adams MIN WR
      Vikings' Rodney Adams: Favorite to win kick return job
      6h ago

      Rodney Adams is the leading candidate to win the kick return job in place of Cordarrelle Patterson, who left in free agency, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Adams, a fifth-round 2017 draft pick, will try to make the 53-man roster as a receiver, so winning the kick return job could help his standing. Still, it's a wide-open competition with Jerick McKinnon and seventh-rounder Stacy Coley also in the mix.

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    • Jordan Matthews PHI WR
      Eagles' Jordan Matthews: Could be limited in training camp
      8h ago

      Jordan Matthews (knee) could be limited during the outset of training camp, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Matthews is battling a case of tendinitis in his left knee, an issue that forced him from participating in parts of the Philadelphia Eagles ' offseason program. While it wouldn't be ideal for him to miss out on valuable practice time during training camp, Matthews' restrictions could allow newly acquired wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, as well as embattled 2014 first-rounder Nelson Agholor, to receive more reps than they would've otherwise.

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    • Dwayne Gratz PHI CB
      Dwayne Gratz: Released by Eagles
      10h ago

      Dwayne Gratz was released by the Eagles on Sunday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      This move is a little surprising, as Gratz was one of the Eagles' only reserve cornerbacks with any playing experience whatsoever. The 2013 third-rounder shouldn't have too much of problem finding another job sometime soon.

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    • Jeff Janis GB WR
      Packers' Jeff Janis: Unlikely to break out in fourth season
      10h ago

      Jeff Janis is unlikely to be anything more than a special-teams player in 2017, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.

      The highlight of Janis' three-year career to date is likely his performance in the 2015 playoff game against the Cardinals in which the 2014 seventh-rounder caught a Hail Mary touchdown to force overtime. Other than that, Janis has only flashed on occasion as a situational downfield threat. Fortunately, he's one of the best special-teams players the Green Bay Packers employ, which should help his case in securing a roster spot ahead of the 2017 campaign.

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    • Sebastian Tretola TEN G
      Titans' Sebastian Tretola: Treated for gunshot wound
      11h ago

      Sebastian Tretola was treated for a gunshot wound Sunday but has since been released from the hospital, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans ' official site reports.

      This is the second time Tretola's name has come up in the news for the wrong reasons this offseason, as the offensive lineman was accused of having a role in teammate Tajae Sharpe's April bar skirmish. Thankfully, the gunshot wound is reportedly "minor" in nature and Tretola shouldn't be out of service for long.

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    • Damyean Dotson NY G
      Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Signs three-year contract with Knicks
      18h ago

      Damyean Dotson will sign a three-year contract with the New York Knicks , Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      The deal reportedly includes guarantees for the first two years, so it seems highly likely that Dotson will be on the regular-season roster following training camp. Dotson, widely considered a three-and-D prospect, had a standout performance during the Orlando Summer League with averages of 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 5.0 three-pointers per contest. He'll provide emergency depth as another shooter off the bench on the wing, although Dotson could earn a more prominent role in the rotation as the season progresses.

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    • Nicolas Brussino ATL F
      Hawks' Nicolas Brussino: Picked up by Hawks
      2d ago

      Nicolas Brussino was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Brussino, who was let go by the Mavericks on July 20, has been picked up by the Hawks. He showed some promise last season in limited minutes, but Dallas seemingly felt he wasn't worth the money he would have been guaranteed had they held onto him. The Hawks, however, are deep in rebuilding mode and jumped on the opportunity to add a wing player to the mix. Brussino averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 boards across 9.6 minutes per game last season. His potential workload for the upcoming season is pretty up in the air, though it seems possible he could garner a similar role for the Hawks.

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    • Jack Cooley CLE SF
      Kings' Jack Cooley: Signs two-way deal with Kings
      2d ago

      Jack Cooley has agreed to a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings , Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

      Cooley, after going undrafted back in 2013, has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since. Last season, however, he played for the German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He'll look to make a name for himself in the G-League this season.

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    • John Wall WAS G
      Wizards' John Wall: Agrees to extension with Wizards
      2d ago

      John Wall agreed to a four-year, $170M extension with the Washington Wizards on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      The Wizards offered Wall an extension at the beginning of free agency, but he was expected to take some time and allow the team to assemble their roster before making a final decision. Ultimately, he opted to to accept the team's max-extension offer, which will kick in following the remaining two years on his deal. The 26-year-old is entering his prime and coming off the best season of his career, in which he recorded career highs in points, assists, and steals. He figures to be primed for another big season.

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    • Pau Gasol SA C
      Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs
      3d ago

      Pau Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.

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    • Tony Parker SA G
      Spurs' Tony Parker: Progressing in rehab
      3d ago

      Tony Parker (quad) is progressing in his rehabilitation and can now run on his injured left leg, Cody McCrary of MySanAntonio.com reports.

      Though Parker, who ruptured his left quad during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, is making strides with his rehab, he told Argentinian reporters that "it's still going to be another four or five months". With that in mind, it's still realistic at this point to hold onto the January return date that he's been targeting since late May.

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    • Dennis Cholowski DET D
      Red Wings' Dennis Cholowski: On correct path in development
      12h ago

      Dennis Cholowski has a long way to go before he'll be in the NHL, but he's committed to getting stronger and will be taking cues from offseason acquisition Trevor Daley in training camp, The Detroit News reports.

      Detroit's first-round (20th overall) draft pick from 2016, Cholowski is said to have a determined mindset; the young defenseman wants to know what he can do to improve his game, and that's impressed Detroit Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggested the prospect takes note of Daley and how he "uses his speed and poise with the puck." Cholowski added one goal and 11 assists with St. Cloud State of the NCHC last season and also made a cameo appearance with AHL Grand Rapids. At this point, his destination for the upcoming season is still unknown.

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    • Al Montoya MON G
      Canadiens' Al Montoya: Possible increase in workload
      18h ago

      Al Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Montreal Canadiens .com reports.

      Canadiens goaltending coach Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying, "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league." This implies Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a backup role to Price.

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    • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
      Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: New deal imminent
      19h ago

      Andreas Athanasiou is expected to get a new contract from the Detroit Red Wings well ahead of training camp in September, The Detroit News reports.

      Double A is a restricted free agent, but he's still in the infancy of his career and therefore ineligible for arbitration. The priority signing for the Wings was veteran scoring machine Tomas Tatar, who ended up re-signing before an arbitrator could rule on his case and settled on a four-year, $21.2 million extension. As noted in the report, the Original Six franchise currently has less than $1 million in available cap space, meaning the team will have to explore the option of placing an injured player like Ryan Sproul (knee) on long-term injured reserve in order to give Athanasiou -- who tacked on 18 goals and 11 assists over 64 games last season -- a fair deal.

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    • Viktor Arvidsson NSH RW
      Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Signs seven-year contract with Predators
      1d ago

      Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

      Arvidsson led the Predators in both goals and points last season, with 31 tallies and 30 assists. The 24-year-old was able to cash in on his breakout season, as he landed a long-term deal. He'll continue to operate as the team's top right wing, and power-play ice time is a given as well.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: Inks one-year deal with Calgary
      2d ago

      David Rittich signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

      Rittich appeared in 31 regular-season games with AHL Stockton last season, compiling a 15-11-1 record while registering a 2.27 GAA and .924 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old will return to his role as AHL Stockton's starting netminder in 2017-18.

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    • Jon Gillies CGY G
      Flames' Jon Gillies: Settles on one-year, two-way deal
      2d ago

      Jon Gillies signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

      Gillies, a top prospect, is likely to be the first goalie called up from AHL Stockton in the event of an injury to newcomers Mike Smith or Eddie Lack. The 23-year-old did experience a number of performance-induced road bumps on the way to a 2.93 GAA and .910 save percentage for the minor-league Heat last season, but this contract proves the Flames want to give him a closer look. He could give Lack -- a guy who had frustrated coach Bill Peters as a tender for the Hurricanes -- a run for his money by showing well in training camp.

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