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    • Preston Claiborne TEX RP
      Rangers' Preston Claiborne: Tagged for three runs in team debut
      9m ago

      Preston Claiborne gave up three runs on five hits in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.

      The bullpen had already imploded prior to Claiborne's entry into the contest in the top of the seventh inning, but the right-hander's performance didn't make the loss any less embarrassing for the Texas Rangers . After earning his way back to the majors after delivering a 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings at Triple-A Round Rock, Claiborne was immediately roughed up in his first appearance of the season against big-league hitting, conceding four doubles on the evening. It's expected that manager Jeff Banister will limit Claiborne's appearances mainly to mop-up duty moving forward.

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    • Tanner Scheppers TEX RP
      Rangers' Tanner Scheppers: Takes loss in bullpen meltdown
      14m ago

      Tanner Scheppers failed to record an out and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk to take the loss in relief Monday against the Indians.

      The Indians completed their comeback from a 9-2 deficit in the sixth inning and took their first lead of the game, in large part due to Scheppers' ineptitude. He allowed all three batters he faced to reach base before giving way to Alex Claudio, who was unable to put out Scheppers' fire. The implosion may not result in a demotion back to Triple-A Round Rock for Scheppers, but manager Jeff Banister may be more reluctant to use him in closely contested games.

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    • Dario Alvarez TEX RP
      Rangers' Dario Alvarez: Fails to strand runners Monday
      21m ago

      Dario Alvarez gave up a walk and a hit before recording the final two outs of the fifth inning in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.

      Alvarez may have escaped the contest without damage to his ERA, but he failed to clot the bleeding upon replacing starter Cole Hamels with one out and the bases loaded. The lefty would go on to allow all three of Hamels' baserunners to score, cutting the Texas Rangers ' lead from five to two by the time he departed. With a 16:13 K:BB and 1.91 WHIP over 14.2 innings this season, Alvarez hasn't made a strong case for further work in high-leverage scenarios.

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    • Corey Hart PIT 1B
      Corey Hart: To officially retire with Brewers
      24m ago

      Corey Hart will retire as a Milwaukee Brewer on Friday.

      He will also be inducted into the Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor as part of a pregame ceremony. While he has been out of baseball since 2015, this officially marks the end of his career. He has a .271/.329/.478 career slash line with 162 home runs and 85 steals in 1,048 games, and was a fantasy force from 2007 to 2012 due to his unique power/speed combo.

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    • Carlos Gomez TEX CF
      Rangers' Carlos Gomez: Strikeouts piling up
      28m ago

      Carlos Gomez went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.

      Gomez came off the disabled list with a bang in mid-June, providing five home runs and driving in 14 runs over his first six games upon returning. While he's delivered another home run in the subsequent four contests, that's the only hit on his ledger, as Gomez's poor contact skills have resurfaced. He's struck out a whopping 11 times in his last 14 at-bats.

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    • Bronson Arroyo CIN SP
      Reds' Bronson Arroyo: Career likely over
      28m ago

      Bronson Arroyo (shoulder) is unlikely to ever pitch again as a professional.

      He is on the 60-day DL with a shoulder injury, so there likely won't be an official retirement until after the season, but he won't be pitching again. Arroyo was a fantasy-relevant pitcher from 2004 to 2013, even though he was always below-average in terms of strikeouts. He notched 148 wins and has a career 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 1,571 strikeouts in 2,435.2 innings.

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    • Darrell Daniels IND TE
      Colts' Darell Daniels: Vying for roster spot
      23m ago

      Darrell Daniels will compete for a reserve spot on the Indianapolis Colts ' 53-man roster, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

      Daniels was scooped up by the Colts after he went undrafted this spring and the rookie now has a chance to secure a spot on the depth chart behind Erik Swoope and Jack Doyle. He'll have to beat out the likes of Brandon Williams (concussion), Mo Alie-Cox and Colin Jeter during training camp and the preseason.

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    • Michael Floyd MIN WR
      Vikings' Michael Floyd: Still expected to get a shot with hometown team
      38m ago

      Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Michael Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp.

      Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.

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    • Braxton Miller HOU WR
      Texans' Braxton Miller: May stay in slot for 2017
      3h ago

      Houston Texans receivers coach John Perry believes Braxton Miller has enough quickness and speed to continue playing the slot, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "The thing that's really intriguing is that [Miller]'s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," said Perry. "But he does have that quickness and speed to go along with that. That's something that's really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too. He's fighting to try to get on the field in a lot of different ways."

      After running a 4.50 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, the former Ohio State quarterback seemed to profile as an outside receiver, though he also displayed excellent agility and quickness by posting top-three marks among wideouts in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle at the 2016 Combine. The Texans tried to take advantage of that quickness last season by using Miller from the slot in three-wide sets, but his lack of polish was on clear display as he caught only 15 of 28 targets for 99 yards and a score in 10 games. He served as the No. 3 receiver whenever he was healthy, missing two games in September with a hamstring injury and later sitting out the final four weeks with a shoulder sprain. Miller received a clean bill of health in January, giving him a full offseason to solidify his role as the slot receiver in three-wide formations. He doesn't seem to have much competition, if any, and it's possible he could eventually push Will Fuller for the No. 2 spot if last year's first-round pick can't bounce back from a rookie campaign which featured minimal production after Week 5.

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    • Dion Jordan SEA DE
      Seahawks' Dion Jordan: Undergoes knee clean-up
      14h ago

      Dion Jordan underwent offseason knee surgery, Geoffrey C. Arnold of OregonLive.com reports. "He had to get a knee cleaned up," head coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "He had some loose bodies that were getting in the way and causing some real discomfort."

      The knee surgery prevented Jordan from taking part in any of the Seattle Seahawks ' offseason practices since he signed with the team in April. It isn't clear if he'll be ready to go in time for training camp.

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    • Patrick Robinson PHI DB
      Eagles' Patrick Robinson: Participates in offseason program
      14h ago

      Patrick Robinson (groin) participated in the Philadelphia Eagles ' offseason program, Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com reports. "It feels great to be healthy," Robinson said. "Just being able to do the things I've done over the years and trying to do everything I can to help this team."

      Robinson missed nine games in 2016 due to a groin injury and subsequently finished the season with one of the lowest stat lines of his career. Fortunately, he's now healthy again and is primed to open the 2017 campaign in a starting role.

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    • Sean Smith OAK CB
      Raiders' Sean Smith: Healthy after shoulder surgery
      14h ago

      Sean Smith has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      Smith tore his labrum last October when diving for a pass against the Buccaneers and underwent corrective surgery in January. Now healthy, Smith should open training camp without limitations.

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    • Spencer Hawes MIL C
      Bucks' Spencer Hawes: PIcks up player-option
      15h ago

      Spencer Hawes will pick up the player-option for his 2017-18 contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

      Hawes will make $6 million in the final year of his deal. The veteran averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.5 triples across 9.0 minutes per game as a fringe-rotational player after being traded to Milwaukee in February. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted stretch-four D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with their first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he projects to play a similar role with the club as Hawes. Thus, he will presumably have a hard time getting much regular rotation run in the upcoming season.

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    • Jusuf Nurkic POR C
      Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Not yet cleared for on-court work
      20h ago

      Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

      Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.

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    • Allen Crabbe POR SG
      Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe: Cleared for on-court work
      21h ago

      Allen Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Portland Trail Blazers , averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.

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    • Ed Davis POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Ed Davis: Cleared for on-court work
      21h ago

      Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN SG
      Nets' K.J. McDaniels: Set to become unrestricted free agent
      2d ago

      Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline K.J. McDaniels ' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Brooklyn Nets , but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.

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    • Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Option declined by Mavericks
      2d ago

      Dirk Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks , Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

      Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.

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    • Patrick Brown CAR C
      Hurricanes' Patrick Brown: Signs one-year deal
      45m ago

      Patrick Brown penned a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on Tuesday worth $650,000 at the NHL level.

      Brown was relatively productive in the minors this past season as he tallied 12 goals and 16 helpers in 66 outings, but could never quite get his scoring touch in his 14 NHL contests. While the center averaged a mere 9:43 of ice time in those pointless appearances, he evidently showed general manager Ron Francis enough to warrant another deal.

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    • Max McCormick OTT LW
      Senators' Max McCormick: Extends contract two years
      1h ago

      Max McCormick signed a two-year extension with the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

      This deal will be a two-way deal in year one, but in year two it will shift into a one-way deal, which will have McCormick playing with the big club all season. In 27 total NHL games, he has scored two goals and added two helpers, while spending 37 minutes in the sin bin. He's still has some time to wait before he can become a true fantasy contributor, but minors production of 21 goals and 15 assists in 66 games last season proves that the potential is there.

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    • Trevor Carrick CAR D
      Hurricanes' Trevor Carrick: Inks two-way deal
      1h ago

      Trevor Carrick agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricane on Monday.

      Carrick failed to appear in an NHL contest this past season, instead spending the year with AHL Charlotte where he notched four goals and 12 helpers in 57 outings. Selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the blueliner has struggled with his plus/minus rating in the past -- minus-19 and minus-21 in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively -- but managed a plus-2 this past year. If the 22-year-old can continue to improve his game, he could be on the short list of potential call ups for the upcoming campaign.

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    • Nathan Beaulieu BUF D
      Sabres' Nathan Beaulieu: Awaits contract extension
      10h ago

      Nathan Beaulieu received a qualifying offer to remain property of the Buffalo Sabres .

      Qualifying Beaulieu was just a formality, as the Sabres made it clear they see him as a piece of their young core and will likely sign him to a longer and more lucrative extension. Acquired in a trade from Montreal, Beaulieu finished with 28 points in 74 games with a plus-8 rating this past season, all of which were career highs. On a team that will give him a chance to play a bigger role, 30-40 points isn't out of the question for Beaulieu, especially if he pairs up with Rasmus Ristolainen on the power play. With nearly $25 million in cap space, the Sabres should have no problems re-signing the promising 24-year-old defenseman.

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    • Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
      Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Remains Sabres property
      10h ago

      Zemgus Girgensons received a qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres , making him a restricted free agent.

      Girgensons had a very tough season, scoring just seven goals and 16 points in his fourth year in the league after scoring 52 points in his first two seasons. Girgensons spent much of the season toiling on the fourth line, and was deployed at center and on the wing in an effort to get him going, but usually to no avail. The 23-year-old enters a key stretch of his development, and the Sabres qualified him partly because they know he has much more to offer. It's likely that Girgensons settles for another short-term contract to prove himself, but will face competition in camp from Johan Larsson, who leapfrogged Girgensons on the depth chart this past season.

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    • Marcus Foligno BUF LW
      Sabres' Marcus Foligno: Qualified by Sabres
      10h ago

      Marcus Foligno received a qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres , making him a restricted free agent.

      It was a relatively easy decision for the Sabres, who must be pleased with the progress Foligno has shown over the past two seasons. Labeled as a fourth-line winger with very little upside, Foligno has managed to score 10 goals and 20 points in each of his past two seasons, and remains one of the team's most physical players. Foligno will likely receive a contract with a similar worth to the $2.25 million he earned this past season, and barring any surprises should remain with the Sabres for the foreseeable future. His fantasy value, however, is still very limited because of his lack of high-end skill.

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