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    • Eric Sogard MIL 2B
      Brewers' Eric Sogard: Doubles twice, scores two runs
      26m ago

      Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

      The veteran infielder is showing no signs of slowing down and now boasts a 10-game hitting streak that includes six multi-hit showings. Sogard appears locked into the leadoff spot for the immediate future and sports an impressive .366/.466/.554 slash line for the campaign. He's going to cool off at some point, but he's currently making a sizable fantasy impact.

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    • Corey Knebel MIL RP
      Brewers' Corey Knebel: Records 12th save
      32m ago

      Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 12th save of the season during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

      Knebel has now converted eight consecutive saves and hasn't allowed a run through his past 10.2 innings over 10 appearances. He's quickly emerged as a high-end relief option in all fantasy settings and sports an elite 0.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 15.5 K/9.

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    • Victor Martinez DET DH
      Tigers' Victor Martinez: Resumes light baseball activity
      33m ago

      Victor Martinez (chest) resumed light baseball activity this week, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

      This is encouraging news after Martinez had a short stint in the hospital late last week due to an irregular heartbeat. According to McCosky, Martinez has done some light cardio and hit off a tee each of the last two days. It's still unclear when Martinez will be ready to come off the disabled list, but the next step in his rehab process should shed some light on how close he is to a return. The Detroit Tigers will continue to cycle through a number of players at the DH spot until Martinez is back.

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    • Chase Anderson MIL SP
      Brewers' Chase Anderson: Earns sixth win with another gem
      37m ago

      Chase Anderson (6-2) allowed just two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters through six innings during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

      Anderson has now surrendered just six runs through 40.2 innings over his past six starts and owns a high-end 2.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 for the year. The 29-year-old righty might prove to be a late bloomer, as his 3.45 FIP reinforces his current breakout. A road start against Cincinnati is up next for Anderson.

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    • Matt Shoemaker LAA SP
      Angels' Matt Shoemaker: Initial MRI reveals no structural damage
      1h ago

      General manager Billy Eppler said Matt Shoemaker (forearm) underwent an MRI on Saturday that showed no structural damage, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

      While this is good news, Shoemaker is still apparently experiencing some issues on the top of his forearm, so he'll head back Los Angeles to be reevaluated. A revised timetable for his return should be available following his reevaluation. In the meantime, Parker Bridwell will take another turn in the rotation Sunday while Shoemaker continues to work back from his forearm issue.

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    • Ivan Nova PIT SP
      Pirates' Ivan Nova: Takes loss against Brewers
      1h ago

      Ivan Nova (7-5) allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out five batters during Thursday's loss to Milwaukee.

      Nova has been a serviceable fantasy asset and a reliable starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates . His 3.06 ERA and 1.08 WHIP are sterling marks, but his 5.2 K/9 limits his upside in virtual settings. Still, there is a lot to be said for his game-to-game consistency. Nova projects to make his next start at PNC Park against Tampa Bay.

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    • Cole Hikutini SF TE
      49ers' Cole Hikutini: Could make roster despite going undrafted
      18m ago

      Cole Hikutini has a shot at making the San Francisco 49ers ' roster if he performs well this preseason, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

      The undrafted free agent out of Louisville had a strong 2016 campaign and was brought into camp to compete for a role in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He has received an extensive look during the 49ers' offseason program, and he could move up the depth chart with a strong showing during training camp as the club starts from scratch with their bevvy of tight end options. A focus point of Hikutini's evaluation will be how well he has recovered from a knee injury that hurt his draft stock this past offseason. The 21-year-old produced 668 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season with Louisville, so he possesses some playmaking potential if he were to make the roster.

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    • Blake Bell SF TE
      49ers' Blake Bell: Will have to earn roster spot
      27m ago

      Despite his fourth-round pedigree, Blake Bell (head) will have to compete for a spot on the San Francisco 49ers ' 53-man roster this season, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

      The former quarterback was drafted as a developmental project in 2015, but his lack of production over the last two seasons puts him in a questionable position as the team moves towards training camp July 27. Bell has the size (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) to profile as a prominent red-zone threat, but with plenty of competition in camp, he will have to display progress in his development to make the cut.

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    • Garrett Celek SF TE
      49ers' Garrett Celek: Appears to be good fit for new scheme
      34m ago

      Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said that he has "been a fan of [ Garrett Celek ] throughout his career," which bodes well for the tight end's chances of making the 53-man roster as the San Francisco 49ers head towards training camp, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

      Celek's toughness and blocking ability fits the mold of Shanahan's past tight ends. It helps that the 29-year-old took a step forward offensively last season with 350 yards and three touchdowns on 29 receptions, but he has more real football value to the 49ers than he does as a receiver for fantasy. Celek will compete with a handful of candidates during training camp for a spot in Shanahan's offense.

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    • Vance McDonald SF TE
      49ers' Vance McDonald: Remains on roster, but must compete for role
      1h ago

      Vance McDonald (shoulder) -- who was subject of trade talks during the draft -- remains with the San Francisco 49ers for the time being, but will have to earn his spot as the team's top tight end, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

      The veteran tight end posted career bests in yards (391), touchdowns (four) and YPC (16.3) in 11 games last season, earning a four-year contract extension from former GM Trent Baalke. The 49ers' new regime clearly wasn't sold on the incumbent tight end, admitting that McDonald was placed on the trading block during the 2017 NFL Draft. GM John Lynch even went out and signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen and drafted athletic tight end George Kittle to help create more competition at the tight end position. McDonald will have to show that he can be an effective blocker and stay healthy (16 games missed over last four seasons) during training camp in order to hang on to his role as the 49ers' top tight end.

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    • Markus Wheaton CHI WR
      Bears' Markus Wheaton: Chance to start
      3h ago

      Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has an opportunity to start this season, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      The Chicago Bears added several veteran wideouts this offseason in order to try and replace Alshon Jeffery. While Kevin White and Cameron Meredith (thumb) are slated to be the starters, injury history has haunted the Bears' receiving corps the past few years, which could lead to Wheaton's opportunity. He'll be competing with Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright for reps, but Wheaton's superior ability on the outside compared to the other two wideouts could set the 26-year-old apart from the crowd. However, he'll first have to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery.

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    • Brandin Cooks NE WR
      Patriots' Brandin Cooks: Picking up the system well
      3h ago

      Since being acquired by the New England Patriots , Brandin Cooks ' approach has caught the eye of coach Bill Belichick, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from New Orleans]; he's working hard to make it," Belichick noted.

      Cooks' speed and pass-catching upside are undeniable, but it's still a good sign to see him picking up the complex New England offense well thus far. Given that the team forked over a first-round pick in the deal that landed the wideout, we expect that the Pats have big plans for the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooks will contend with fellow wideout Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, among others, for targets, but his field-stretching ability adds an explosive element that the team's passing attack has largely lacked since the departure of Randy Moss.

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    • Tim Frazier NO PG
      Wizards' Tim Frazier: Dealt to Washington
      23h ago

      Tim Frazier will be traded from the Pelicans to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the 52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      Frazier was a key rotation player for the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign, starting 35 of the 65 games he played in and posting averages of 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists across 23.5 minutes. Slated to make just $2 million on the final year of his contract during the upcoming season, he doesn't come with much risk for the Wizards and he should immediately slot in as John Wall's backup at point guard with Brandon Jennings currently a free agent and not guaranteed to be back. That said, with both Wall and Bradley Beal commanding the majority of the workload in the backcourt, Frazier will have plenty of limitations as a fantasy player. Look for the deal to become finalized on Thursday.

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    • Nick Young LAL SG
      Lakers' Nick Young: Declines player option
      1d ago

      Nick Young will decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      After the Los Angeles Lakers dangled Young's name out in trade rumors over the past few years, he had somewhat of a surprise resurgence during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 13.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.8 three-pointers across 60 games. However, the Lakers are currently shedding contracts and cap space with the hope of landing some big free agents over the next few summers, so it remains to be seen if they'll be willing to re-up Young, who should be able to lock in a raise from the $5.6 million he was slated to make. No matter who picks up Young, he's largely limited to his value as a three-point shooter, as he struggles to offer much elsewhere in the box score.

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    • Greg Monroe MIL C
      Bucks' Greg Monroe: Opts in for 2017-18 season
      1d ago

      Greg Monroe plans to exercise his $17.8 million player option for 2017-18 and remain with the Milwaukee Bucks , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      With traditional back-to-the-basket centers in the mold of Monroe no longer possessing as much market value as they did a few seasons ago, it was unlikely that the 27-year-old would have landed a larger annual salary had he decided to become a free agent. Since Monroe's contract set to expire after this season, the Bucks could finally have better luck trying to trade him away in the coming months, but while he remains with the team, he'll likely serve as a go-to scoring option for the second unit. Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.5 minutes per game in 2015-16.

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    • Langston Galloway SAC SG
      Kings' Langston Galloway: Opts out of player option
      2d ago

      Langston Galloway will decline his $5.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      After spending the first 55 games of the 2016-17 campaign with the Pelicans, Galloway was a part of trade that sent him to the Sacramento Kings for the final 19 games of the season. Between the two teams, Galloway averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 three-pointers across 20.2 minutes. It's unclear if Galloway will be able to command more than the $5.4 million he was slated to make, but he'll bet on himself with the hope of finding a situation where he can thrive. Galloway likely won't be more than a reserve no matter where he signs.

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    • Marco Belinelli CHA SG
      Hawks' Marco Belinelli: Traded to Atlanta
      2d ago

      Marco Belinelli (finger), Miles Plumlee (knee), and the 41st pick were traded from the Hornets to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

      This trade was likely largely influenced by Atlanta wanting to dump Dwight Howard and the remaining two years of his three-year, $70.5 million deal. Belinelli will likely come off the bench at shooting guard and small forward behind Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway, and Taurean Prince while in Atlanta. Belinelli scored 10.5 points per game while averaging 24.0 minutes per contest, but he could see a dip in minutes and stats due to the Hawks' logjam at his position.

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    • Dwight Howard ATL C
      Hornets' Dwight Howard: Sent to Charlotte in trade
      2d ago

      Dwight Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      Howard has two years left on a three-year, $70.5 million deal, so it appears the Hawks didn't like the return they were getting from him and will instead dump his salary off to the Hornets. With Cody Zeller still in fold in Charlotte, Howard enters a slightly more crowded rotation at the center position and it remains to be seen how those minutes will be allocated between the two. Howard should be considered the favorite to start, but the fact that Zeller is still around and Frank Kaminsky occasionally sees time at center as well, it could mean a slight decrease in minutes. In 74 games with Atlanta during the 2016-17 campaign, Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1. steal and 1.6 blocks across 32.1 minutes.

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    • David Schlemko MON D
      Canadiens' David Schlemko: Flipped by Vegas
      6h ago

      David Schlemko was traded to the Montreal Canadiens after a brief stop in Vegas in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick Thursday.

      Schlemko was one of 13 defensemen taken by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, and now he'll head to Montreal for the 2017-18 campaign. With the Sharks last year, the blueliner notched two goals and 16 helpers in addition to blocking 112 shots. The 30-year-old's ice time dipped a little while he was in San Jose (16:45), but he should see his minutes increase under coach Claude Julien.

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    • Matt Greene LA D
      Matt Greene: Waived by Kings
      7h ago

      Matt Greene (back) was placed on waivers by the Kings in order to buy him out of the final year of his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

      The decision to buy out Greene was not unexpected, as Los Angeles was looking to save some cap room. The 34-year-old has played in just 29 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, so it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if he opted to hang up his skates. If this is it for the Michigan native, he'll end his career with 615 games played, in which he recorded 17 goals and 63 helpers. Even if the two-time Stanley Cup champion does land with another club, it's unlikely that he'll offer much in terms of fantasy value. In order to be placed on waivers, Greene by rule must have been cleared from his back injury.

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    • Jordan Eberle NYI RW
      Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Swapped one for one
      7h ago

      Jordan Eberle was acquired by the New York Islanders from the Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome on Thursday.

      Eberle instantly becomes the highest-paid forward for New York, as he brings $6 million cap hit with him. The winger compiled 51 points and 208 shots on goal while averaging just 16:46 of ice time this past season. The Isles are surely hoping that the former first-round pick will gel with John Tavares on the top line and convince him to re-sign with the team before he hits free agency in the next offseason. That in mind, look for the 27-year-old Eberle to slot into a first-line role alongside the Isles' captain.

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    • Ryan Strome NYI C
      Oilers' Ryan Strome: Traded to Edmonton
      7h ago

      The Islanders traded Ryan Strome to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jordan Eberle on Thursday.

      The Islanders snagged Strome with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and it appeared as though the team had made a great selection when the right-handed forward broke out for 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 81 games with the big club in 2014-15. However, the 23-year-old pivot has been trending downward since that breakout campaign, tallying just 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 140 games over the past two seasons. Strome has the potential to develop into a legitimate top-six forward in the NHL, so the Oilers are clearly hoping a change of scenery will help unlock some of that untapped talent.

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    • Christian Djoos WAS D
      Capitals' Christian Djoos: Inks two-year deal
      8h ago

      Christian Djoos signed a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.3 million with Washington on Thursday.

      Djoos has yet to make his NHL debut; however, it seems likely that he'll get that opportunity during the 2017-18 campaign after racking up 58 points in 66 outings with AHL Hershey this past year. The offensive-minded defenseman was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, but he appears to have exceeded expectations thus far. The Caps just lost Nate Schmidt in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, which could create an opening for Djoos to make an impact sooner rather than later.

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    • Matt Beleskey BOS LW
      Bruins' Matt Beleskey: Staying put
      8h ago

      Matt Beleskey is still with with the Boston Bruins after the Golden Knights selected Colin Miller in Wednesday's expansion draft, NHL.com reports.

      Beleskey's annual $3.8 million cap hit likely deterred Vegas, especially after the winger logged just three goals and eight points in 49 games last season. An injured knee that caused Beleskey to miss time and led to some conditioning issues factored into his dip in productivity, so with a full offseason to mend, there's reason to believe that the 29-year-old could bounce back this coming season. At this stage, though, Beleskey profiles more as a secondary scorer than the sniper the Bruins presumably envisioned when they signed him as a free agent after he racked up 22 goals in 65 games for the Ducks in 2014-15.

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